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Published on Nov 26, 2013
John Baines is Professor of Egyptology and Fellow of The Queen's College. John continued the day's journey with the origins of Egyptian Hieratic and Hieroglyphic and how it became our own alphabet.
He takes the story further with the origins of our own writing and what would become our alphabet, an invention the world would have just once. What was writing to the ancient Egyptians - how was it used in its earliest stages, how was it different from what we consider writing to be today, and what was the evolution and co-evolution of hieratic and hieroglyphic writing?
The Future of Text 2013 was a unique one day symposium at London College of Communication (LCC) concerned with the future of written communication. Hosted by the advertising programme at LCC speakers included Vint Cerf of Google, Chris Stringer of The Natural History Museum, Jonathan Taylor of The British Museum, John Baines of Oxford University, David Bellos of Princeton University and Tom Standage of The Economist.
Speakers presented on topics from the origins of human writing and the creation of the alphabet, to the technological and societal factors that have shaped the written word and the future of communications beyond the digital age.
All of the talks are free to enjoy and share on the LCC YouTube Channel.