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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HISTORY 13 LOREMOS LAS IPSUMAS Loresti doloremque res senet odist, odit, eum landi non cullesti dolorer itibusd aeptatiorio coodist, odit, eum landi non cullesti dolorer itibusmnimu saerum blam volup tatium volup LOREMOS LAS IPSUMAS Loresti doloremque res senet odist, odit, eum landi non cullesti dolorer itibusd aeptatiorio coodist, odit, eum landi non cullesti dolorer itibusmnimu saerum blam volup tatium volup THE LIVING AND THE DEAD Sanskrit, an Indo- European language, flows across this 15th- century Jain text. Many languages in this vast family share a common ancestor. Some—such as English—have evolved and thrive, while others, such as Hittite, the language on the royal seal (below), have vanished. JAIN TEXT, ROYAL SEAL: AKG/ALBUM O ne of the most popular stories in the Old Testament, the Tower of Babel takes place during a time when“the whole earth had one language and the same words” (Genesis 11:1). The proud people of Shinar, identified by scholars as Babylon, began building a city with a tower so tall that it scrapes the heavens. Angered by their arrogance, God takes away their common tongue, removing their ability to com- municate. The workers abandon the tower and scatter across the land. Their incomplete city becomes known as Babel “because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth” (Genesis 11:9). Beneath the primary lesson of humility, the Tower of Babel delivers crucial insight into ancient people and a desire for a unified language.