Egyptian Hieroglyphs To Latin Alphabet
Did you know that the modern Latin alphabet letters may be modified Egyptian hieroglyphs? Look at the chart below. Can you see how each Latin letter may have originated from an Egyptian hieroglyph?
The chart shows the progression through five writing systems: Egyptian Hieroglyphs → Proto-Sinaitic → Phoenician → Ancient Greek → Latin. The step from Egyptian hieroglyphs to proto-Sinaitic is conjectured but not certain. The chart is simplified and not authoritative. My sources were Wikipedia and other websites. You can search the web to learn the tangled tale of the history of each letter.
Many of the world's major scripts can trace their origins back to the Semitic family of scripts and thence (possibly) to Egyptian hieroglyphs.
- Scripts that clearly have Semitic origin include scripts of the Middle East (such as Hebrew, Arabic), Europe (such as Greek, Latin, Cyrillic), and Africa (such as Ethiopic Ge'ez).
- Scripts that may have remote Semitic origin or influence include scripts of South Asia (such as Devanagari) and Southeast Asia (such as Burmese, Javanese).
- Scripts that clearly do not have Semitic origin include scripts of East Asia (such as Chinese, Japanese kana, Korean Hangul) and scripts originating in the western hemisphere (such as Maya glyphs).