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Creation of the Phonetic Alphabet 1050 BC

The image above is of a stone that has letters of the Phoenician alphabet carved into it.

The image above is of Greek writing carved into stone.

The image above is of Roman writing carved into stone.

The Phoenician alphabet was successful because it was easy for people to learn when compared to previous writing systems.  The language gained more success because it was spread into areas in North Africa and Europe by Phoenician merchants.  The social structure of a civilization is the society as a whole and the cultural components that make it up.  The Roman alphabet is the most widely used alphabet today because it was spread through trade and it was the most spoken language during the time when Rome ruled most of Europe.  The letters of the Phoenician alphabet have a curved, almost sloppy, look them.  The Roman alphabet’s letters are much more clean-cut and straight than the Phoenician alphabet’s letters.  The letters of the Greek alphabet are slightly not as clean-cut as the letters of the Roman alphabet. Lowercase letters were created after Johannes Gutenberg developed movable type.  Lowercase letters were developed because they made writing easier and faster.

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