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By M. Lynx Qualey
Oral translation is probably one of the oldest human endeavors. We needed it to trade, to share knowledge and to prevent (or stir up) conflict. But translation of the written word is a relatively new pursuit. After all, writing did not emerge until around 3500 BC in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and the idea of translating other cultures’ poems and stories came much later.
Despite its late start, translation has played an important role in human culture and history, with perhaps an even bigger role to come. Take our quiz to find out how much you know about the history of translation and join us in celebrating the annual International Translation Day.