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Old November 18th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #1

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We known 5 great civilization : Greek , ROman , Egyptian , Mesopotamian and Chinese . They used ancient Greek , Latina , Coptan , Chinese and Hebrew . Which language do you like ? What language you think it is the most important ? I known some Latina . I felt it is the most simple in them . You will very difficult with Coptan , Chinese , ancient Greek or others . I tried a little ancient Egyptian language in some website but it is very difficult to read and remember it . Greek is very hard to read and write. What do you think ? Let 's share your pinion .
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Old November 18th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #2

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Don't forget the Indic civillization.

Sanskrit was the sacred language, and also the lingua franca, in all of the territory east of Afghanistan, at some point of history.

In the west, Greek enjoyed this position. Even during the Roman Empire, Greek was the lingua franca, and also the language of high culture.

Latin occupied that position in Medieval Europe only.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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Latin and Greek because this is what we were all trained to believe.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 05:34 PM   #4

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Yes . I forgot Sancrit . I ' m sorry . But Latina is popular for a long time . It used during Roman empire to Late medivial . Otherwise , many sciences and technology had wrote by Latina : Books of Heron , Vitruvius , Galenus , Celsus ... I don't know what will happen if we lost them .
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Afroasiatic
Sino-Tibetan
Turkic
Indo-European

You should look at these languages. They spawned most of today's languages, including the ones you mention
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Depending on whom you ask, the most imporant language is their own.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 06:45 PM   #7

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It depends on which civilization you find to be most important. I think it's really a matter of personal preference.
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We known 5 great civilization : Greek , ROman , Egyptian , Mesopotamian and Chinese . They used ancient Greek , Latina , Coptan , Chinese and Hebrew . Which language do you like ? What language you think it is the most important ? I known some Latina . I felt it is the most simple in them . You will very difficult with Coptan , Chinese , ancient Greek or others . I tried a little ancient Egyptian language in some website but it is very difficult to read and remember it . Greek is very hard to read and write. What do you think ? Let 's share your pinion .
Since you are from vietnam then classical chinese would be the most important from a vietnamese perspective since most ancient documents there are written in it. Once you know it, you can read ancient documents from china, korea, and japan as well.

http://vi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hán_văn
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Greek and Latin are the most important ancient languages.
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We known 5 great civilization : Greek , ROman , Egyptian , Mesopotamian and Chinese . They used ancient Greek , Latina , Coptan , Chinese and Hebrew . Which language do you like ? What language you think it is the most important ? I known some Latina . I felt it is the most simple in them . You will very difficult with Coptan , Chinese , ancient Greek or others . I tried a little ancient Egyptian language in some website but it is very difficult to read and remember it . Greek is very hard to read and write. What do you think ? Let 's share your pinion .
AFAIK no Mesopotamian civilization did ever use Hebrew.

"Important" ???
How?
For whom?
Where?
When?

E.g. one may guess that let say Vietnamese, French and English might be important specifically for you.

Without such specifications, the OP simply makes no sense.
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