Distinguished University Professorship Lecture - Richard Janko

Inventing the Alphabet: Advanced Communication in the Ancient World

The origin of the alphabet is an old mystery‚Äďabove 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.