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Alphabet is an Ancient Times technology.

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The ancestors of modern alphabets were the iconographic and ideographic symbols developed by ancient man, such as cuneiform and hieroglyphics. The first known alphabet, a combination of a number of early pictographic symbols known as North Semitic, was developed between 1700 and 1500 BC. Four other alphabets, South Semitic, Canaanite, Aramaic, and Greek, had evolved from the North Semitic alphabet by 1000 BC. The Roman alphabet, used by all the languages of Western Europe including English, was derived from the Greek alphabet sometime after 500 BC. The Roman alphabet became one of the most widespread due to the extensive use of the Latin language during the reign of the Roman Empire. The development of alphabets was significant in the development of advanced civilizations because it allowed history and ideas to be written down, rather than memorized and passed along orally.

Civilization III Advances
Ancient Times AlphabetBronze WorkingCeremonial BurialCode of LawsConstructionCurrencyHorseback RidingIron WorkingLiteratureMap MakingMasonryMathematicsMonarchyMysticismPhilosophyPolytheismPotteryRepublicWarrior CodeWheelWriting
Middle Ages AstronomyBankingChemistryChivalryDemocracyEconomicsEducationEngineeringFeudalismFree ArtistryGunpowderInventionMagnetismMetallurgyMilitary TraditionMonotheismMusic TheoryNavigationPhysicsPrinting PressTheologyTheory of Gravity
Industrial Ages Advanced FlightAmphibious WarAtomic TheoryCombustionCommunismCorporationElectricityElectronicsEspionageFascismCFlightIndustrializationIroncladsMass ProductionMedicineMotorized TransportationNationalismRadioRefiningReplaceable PartsSanitationScientific MethodSteam PowerSteel
Modern Times ComputersEcologyFissionGeneticsIntegrated DefenseLaserMiniaturizationNuclear PowerRecyclingRoboticsRocketrySatellitesSmart WeaponsSpace FlightStealthSuperconductorSynthetic Fibers
C: Added in Conquests expansion
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