Early Alphabets and the Roman Letterform
An alphabet is a standard set of letters used to write one or more languages. The letters of an alphabet indicate the sounds of the spoken language it represents. It has separate glyphs for individual sounds, rather than larger units, like syllables or words.
A true alphabet has letters for the vowels of a language as well as the consonants. Alphabets are usually associated with a standard ordering of their letters, making them useful for organization methods like sorting words in alphabetical order.
40,000 BC – 3,000 BC
3,000 BC – 1,000 BC