Old Italic scripts

Old Italic
An inscription from the Marsiliana tablet, around 700 BC
Script type
Time period
7th century – 1st century BC
DirectionRight-to-left script, left-to-right Edit this on Wikidata
Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
Runic, Latin alphabet
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Ital (210), ​Old Italic (Etruscan, Oscan, etc.)
Unicode alias
Old Italic
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The Old Italic scripts are a family of ancient writing systems used on the Italian Peninsula between about 700 and 100 BC, for various languages spoken in that time and place. The most notable member is the Etruscan alphabet, which was the immediate ancestor of the Latin alphabet used by more than 100 languages today, including English. The runic alphabets used in Northern Europe are believed to have been separately derived from one of these alphabets by the 2nd century AD.[2]

  1. ^ Old Italic (PDF) (chart), Unicode.
  2. ^ "runic alphabet | writing system". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 September 2022.

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