The History of Calligraphy

Every once in awhile, a teacher may assign a project that requires fancy lettering. As an example, a nametag or poster. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with bubble and/or block letters. On the other hand, every once in a while it may be fun to impress the teacher or fellow classmates with a profound way of writing: calligraphy.

Generally, when people think of calligraphy, they think cursive with triple the loops and half the legibility. Just like the writing itself, calligraphy has a very complex history. details that calligraphy can be traced back to ancient times. Moreover, the word is founded from the Greek roots kallos (beauty) and graphẽ (writing).

Previously, it was stated that this form of writing can only be followed back to earlier times. However, there is no exact place or date of origin to go back to. This is because of (depending on one’s point of view) either the biggest problem or best part of calligraphy; there is no standard/original form. Many different types of calligraphy have rose from countries like East Asia, Japan, India, Mongolia, etc.

In addition to its origin history, this script has participated in many more recent- but still historical- events. For example, The Declaration of Independence was written in a type of calligraphy called copperplate.

Today in the U.S., calligraphy is used sparingly; only for extremely important events including calligraphed wedding invitations. In other national places, though, this writing style is a superior form of art. If students began learning calligraphy at a young age- even using it for school projects- maybe the United States could begin to consider it an art form as well.


By: Peyton Erb

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