History : Mar-Apr 2019
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HISTORY 45 SCALA, FLORENCE BETWEEN EGYPT AND GREECE. The final stage in the development of the ancient Egyptian language, Coptic emerged in the second century a.d., adopting letters from the Greek alphabet as well as retaining seven characters from the demotic, a simplified form of hieroglyphics. Pictured is a 10th-century Coptic codex containing an inscription about the archangel Raphael. Louvre Museum, Paris.