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5 Writing Scripts Invented by African People Before the United States Existed

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Ge’ez, the classical language of Ethiopia, is the only native African script in full usage at a national and everyday level, including as the liturgical language of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Church.

Ge’ez is the precursor of Ethiopia’s three major Semitic languages: Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia; Tigrinya in both Eritrea and Ethiopia; and Tigre, spoken in western and northern Eritrea.

In the ninth century, there was evidence of Semitic languages in Ethiopia and Eritrea, but it wasn’t until after the seventh and sixth centuries B.C. that the writing systems of Ge’ez were completely formed.

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  1. መርሃዊ ወልደጼን says:

    Just as a clarification, Ge'ez is not a "classical language of Ethiopia." It was the classical language of the Aksumite Kingdom whose political center was in what is today Northern Ethiopia while its cultural and commercial centers were in Central and Eastern Eritrea. This is an important distinction as these two regions (Eritrea and Ethiopia), separated by the Mereb River, took very different historical trajectories by the end of the 600's C.E. (A.D.) and collapse of the Aksumite Kingdom.

    Also, I believe there may be a typo. Each occasion that B.C. is used should either C.E. or A.D. (depending on your preference). This is actually a very important distinction because by the late period of the Aksumite kingdom that this represents, the empire had begun to split along the Mereb River.

  2. Christopher Simmons says:

    This is what should be taught in our schools TRUTH.

  3. Chidi Ugwu says:

    I am thinking of how we can make that happen.

  4. Christopher Simmons says:

    Chidi Ugwu blend it in with the regular students assignments

  5. Rex Essenowo says:

    That reflection looks like a modern TV set. In my childhood the language was often used to communicate by Ekpe masquerade.

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