The Discovery of Writing: from Aleph to Alpha

May 5th, 2014  |  Published in Historical heritage

Evagoras Lanitis Centre

9 May – 30 June 2014

In the framework of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union,

the Evagoras and Kathleen Lanitis Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and the Embassy of Greece are organising the exhibition «The Discovery of Writing: From Aleph to Alpha» which will be inaugurated at the Evagoras Lanitis Centre in Limassol on May the 9th 2014.

The exhibition is sponsored by Alpha Bank and the Hellenic Petroleum.

The exhibition is an archaeological, historical and artistic journey in nine ancient scripts of the Mediterranean that have formed the European culture and civilisation. It records and displays in a easy and readable manner the most important scripts of the Mediterranean: Cuneiform, Hieroglyphics, Linears A and B of the Aegean, Phoenician, Greek and Latin; It focuses particularly on the ancient Cypriot scripts: Cypro-Minoan and the Cypriot Syllabary, a important proof that the Greek language and script exist on the island since the 11th century BC. Valuable inscriptions on loan from the Department of Antiquities will highlight the exhibition.

Interactivity through videos and special projection highlight the exhibition in an effort to pin point the importance of scripts in the development of world civilization. Educational programs will be available for elementary schools throughout the period of the exhibition.

The exhibition of the nine ancient scripts is combined with a contemporary visual presence of 11 Cypriot artists who use scripts as an artistic medium. The exhibition presents works by Theodoulos Gregoriou (with his work presented at the Louvre, Nicos Kouroushis, Umit Inatsi, Effie Savvides, Lia Lapithi, Ellada Papaioannou, Marina Kassianidou, Yiota Ioannidou, Mikella Psara, Rea Afantiti and Anthony Neophytou.

The Visual and Graphic Art Department of the Technological University of Cyprus (TEPAK) was actively involved with the design for the interactivity of the exhibition.

Duration of the exhibition

9 May-30 June 2014


Opening hours

Everyday 10.00-13.00 and 17.00-21.00 (Monday closed)

Saturday and Sunday 17.00-21.00



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