Distinguished University Professorship Lecture - Richard Janko
Inventing the Alphabet: Advanced Communication in the Ancient World
The origin of the alphabet is an old mystery—above all, the invention of vowels, wtht whch wrtng s ncmprhnsbl. New inscriptions of the 8th century B.C.E. shed light on its origins and its diffusion from the Phoenicians to the Greeks and Romans and ultimately to ourselves.
A reception will follow the lecture