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A to Z: The First Alphabet

A to Z: The First Alphabet

Writing shaped our world and the rise of human knowledge, from the trading of goods to tales of ancient goddesses and kings. Follow the evolution of the written word, from 4,000-year-old carvings in an Egyptian turquoise mine to modern-day alphabets.
S47 E13 Length 54:02 Premiere: 9.23.20

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Season 47

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