Ancient texts of an age long gone

Most, if not all, languages that are spoken around the world today came from languages that have long since been spoken. Just because they are what we now call a dead language does not mean that they are any less valuable to us.

5 Ancient languages no longer spoken in the modern world

#1 Old Norse
Old Norse was the basis of the Icelandic language still spoken there today.
This was a language that was spoken in Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Scandinavia. It was also found in parts of Britain, Russia and France.

This language was spoken from around the 9th century to the 13th century.

It was divided up into 3 different dialects namely Old Gutnish, West Norse and East Norse which was mainly found in Norway.

#2 Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek was spoken in what is referred to as the Ancient world and Greece from around the 9th Century BC to the 6th century AD.

The styles were classified in different variations through the centuries such as the Archaic period which was around the 9th – 6th centuries BC. The Classical period which spanned from the 4th and 5th centuries BC. Then there was Hellenistic period from the 3rd century BC to 4th century AD.

#3 Ancient Egyptian
A language none us know but who most have heard of as you cannot know of the pyramids without knowing about ancient Egyptian.

A language of strange hieroglyphics and associated with mummies, tombs and pharos curses.

This language has been dated back to 2690 BC which is the oldest full sentence ever found of this language which makes it one of the oldest language known to man alongside Sumerian.

#4 Sanskrit
Although there is a branch of this language still spoken today the earlier dialects contain many sacred texts and it has a forty-nine-letter alphabet.

It is a language that looks more like a form of art when seen on the written page.

This is the language that was spoken mainly in South Asia and parts of South East Asia.

It has been around since the 2nd millennia BCE up until 600 BCE where is developed into the Indo-Aryan languages.

#5 Latin
Although not completely dead, there are still uses for it through the medical word and motto’s, etc. There are even some who still use it who are connected to the Vatican.

The language was spoken from around 800 BCE up until 75BCE where it developed into was became known as vulgar Latin giving rise to the “romance languages” such as Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Greek.

The language has contributed to much of the English language and has some roots in medicine, theology and biology


These ancient languages have contributed to much of what we know about our ancient fore fathers.
Even though they are no longer practiced in today’s society they are by no means forgotten as they help unearth the mysteries of forgotten times.

5 Languages that are no longer spoken but have helped unlock a lot of mysteries of the past

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