Alphabet - 300 Beaker
Alphabet (Civ4)

A technology introduced in Vanilla
Required techs Writing
Leads to Vanilla:


Units enabled None
Buildings enabled None
Era Classical
  • Allows technology trading through diplomacy

"Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world."


Alphabet is a powerful tech that is unlocked after a civilization learns the Writing technology. It enables tech trading with all civilizations the player is in contact with. It also lets the player build Research in their cities, which converts 50% of production to research.

Civilopedia EntryEdit

The ancestors of modern alphabets were the iconographic and ideographic symbols developed by ancient man, such as cuneiform and hieroglyphics. The first known alphabet, a combination of a number of early pictographic symbols known as North Semitic, was developed between 1700 and 1500 BC. Four other alphabets - South Semitic, Canaanite, Aramaic, and Greek - had evolved from the North Semitic alphabet by 1000 BC. The Roman alphabet, used by all the languages of Western Europe including English, was derived from the Greek alphabet sometime after 500 BC. The Roman alphabet became one of the most widespread due to the extensive use of the Latin language during the reign of the Roman Empire. The development of alphabets was significant in the development of advanced civilizations because it allowed history and ideas to be written down, rather than memorized and passed along orally.