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YEAR: 2020 | LENGTH: 2 parts (54 minutes each)  |  SOURCE: PBS


Where would we be without the world’s alphabets? Writing has played a vital role in the development and expansion of cultures throughout history. But researchers are only now uncovering the origin story to our own alphabet, which may have gotten its beginnings in a turquoise mine 4,000 years ago. From the shape of the letter A to the role of writing in trade and storytelling, discover how the written word shaped civilization itself.


The birth of writing and the first alphabet were among the world’s most vital inventions.

The creation of printing, the first information technology, drove empires and revolutions.


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