Archaeologists in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia, uncovered a lead scroll in 1986 within an ancient grave. The translation would reveal a curse in Ancient Macedonian from the 4th century BCE. But the curse itself, while interesting, had little impact compared to the impact of the language itself… What was on the tablet?
The origin of reading can be traced back to the invention of writing (through the 4th millenium BC). But it surprises some that reading silently was not always common. Reading silently is such a new concept that the earliest known mention of silent reading comes from St. Augustine’s Confessions in 398 AD.