• An Animated History of Writing: From Ancient Egypt to Modern Writing Systems

    1 month ago - By Open Culture

    He would be a very simple person, and quite a stranger to the oracles of Thamus or Ammon, who should leave in writing or receive in writing any art under the idea that the written word would be intelligible or certain. - Socrates
    The transmission of truth was at one time a face-to-face business that took place directly between teacher and student. We find ancient sages around the world who discouraged writing and privileged spoken dialogue as the best way to communicate. Why is that? Socrates himself explained it in Plato's Phaedrus , with a myth about the origin of writing. In his story...
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