Immerse yourself in the past and listen to what 14 ancient languages dating from different times and cultures sounded like. From the ancient Egyptians, the Sumerians, Romans, Mayans and even the Vikings and Celts. Many of these languages are no longer spoken, so we may not know how they were pronounced, but they still offer us a small window into the past and the cultures that once existed.
The ancient Egyptians spoke the Egyptian language from 3100 BC to 332 BC. This language was written using hieroglyphs and was spoken by the pharaohs and the common people. The language was divided into several dialects, the most common being Coptic.
The Achaemenids spoke Old Persian from 550 B.C. to 330 B.C. It was the official language of the Persian Empire and was written using the cuneiform script. Old Persian was a complex language, with many grammatical rules and a wide range of vocabulary.
The ancient Greek was spoken from 800 BC to 600 AD. It is one of the most influential languages in the history of mankind and is the language in which some of the most important texts of philosophy, literature and science were written.
Ancient Latin was the official language of the Roman Empire from 753 B.C. to 476 A.D. It was written using the Latin alphabet and was spoken throughout the Roman Empire. Latin has left a great impact on many modern languages, including Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
The Assyrians spoke the Akkadian language from 2334 BC to 2154 BC. This language was written using the cuneiform script and was spoken in the Mesopotamian region. Akkadian was the language used at the time of the construction of the Tower of Babel.
The Göktürks spoke the Old Turkic language from 552 A.D. to 744 A.D. It was spoken by the Turkic peoples living in the steppes of Central Asia. Old Turkish is the root of many modern Turkish languages.
The Hittites spoke the Hittite language from about 1600 BC to 1178 BC. This language was written using the cuneiform script and was spoken in the Anatolia region of what is now Turkey. Hittite was one of the first Indo-European languages.
The Aztecs spoke the Nahuatl language from 1100 A.D. to 1533 A.D. It was spoken in the Valley of Mexico and is one of the most important native languages of Mesoamerica. Nahuatl is still spoken in some indigenous communities in Mexico and has been enriched by the incorporation of Spanish words during the colonial era.
The Celts spoke a number of languages dating from about 517 BC to 100 AD. The Celts were a complex and diverse society, and their languages varied according to the region in which they lived. Celtic languages influenced the development of Welsh, Irish and Scots.
The Maya spoke several Mayan languages, from 2000 BC to 1700 AD. The Maya built a great civilization in Mesoamerica and their languages are closely related to the languages spoken by modern Maya peoples.
The Sumerians spoke the Sumerian language from 4000 BC to 2000 BC. This language was written using the cuneiform script and was spoken in the Mesopotamia region. Sumerian is considered the oldest language in the world and was one of the first written languages.
The Urartians spoke the Urartian language from 860 B.C. to 590 B.C. It was spoken in the Caucasus region and was written using the cuneiform script. Urartian is a poorly understood language and many of its linguistic details have not yet been deciphered.
The Vikings spoke a number of Old Norse languages, from 800 AD to 1066 AD. The Vikings were known for their skill in navigation and exploration and their languages influenced the development of modern English.
Listening to these ancient languages is an exciting way to explore the history and linguistic diversity of ancient cultures. Although many of these languages are no longer spoken, their legacy lives on in modern languages and in the cultural heritage they have left around the world.
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