Language family: Afro-Asian

Language Group: Semitic

Geographical use: Ethiopia

Information: Ge'ez is the language of the old kingdom of Aksum and is written since the 4th century with an alphabet that is derived from the south Arabic script. Nowadays Ge'ez only exists as a literary language. Since the 14th century it is no longer spoken. The current Tigrinya comes from the formerly spoken Ge'ez. Originally Ge'ez was written from right to left and left to right (boustrophèdon way), but under Greek influence it changed into left to right only.