From Early Writings to Illuminated Manuscripts
I have always been intrigued by the images of pictographs left by prehistoric people. Some images carry simple symbols while ideographs represent ideas or concepts. It took a long time (Paleolithic to the Neolithic – 35,000 to 4,000 BCE) for humans to move from painting in caves to the beginning of the development of the alphabet. I question myself the reasons for taking this long. For a very long time, people were just too busy trying to survive and didn't settle down long enough to develop the ability to draw.
Anyways, thanks to the Sumerians who arrived in Mesopotamia at the end of the forth millennium BCE the changes from village culture to high civilization occurred. It was not as simple as it sounds, but once humans ceased their restless nomadic wanderings civilization started to change.