How did writing begin?

Past Event: 10 May 2012

Professor Tony Sagona
Professor Tony Sagona

Join Professor Sagona to discover how and why writing was crucial to the development of civilisation

With information so pivotal to our daily existence, it’s almost inconceivable to think of a world without writing. Yet the earliest known system of writing is only about 5,500 years old.

This lecture will look at the origins of writing which began in Mesopotamia about 3,500 BC, and the role it played in the development of the first cities and states.

Speaker Biography
Antonio (Tony) Sagona is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Melbourne.  He has carried out fieldwork in Turkey, the Caucasus, Syria and Australia, and is published widely, primarily on the history and civilisations of the ancient Near East.

Proudly supported by the University of Melbourne, University Partner

Speaker/s

Professor Tony Sagona

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