07-Jan Archive

Sebastian de Covarrubias Horozco: The Treasury of Castilian

The world’s oldest dictionary predates back to 2300 BC with bilingual wordlists of Sumerian-Akkadian discovered in Elba (modern Syria). But it was not until 128, The Catholicon by Johannes Balbus, which followed a particular set of rules or a semantic (meaning), having large grammatical work with the alphabetical lexicon. This dictionary was widely adopted and served as a basis for several bilingual dictionaries and was one of the earliest books to be printed in 1406. Many of the dictionaries up until the 17th century were multilingual, but the credit for the world’s first monolingual dictionary goes to Sebastián Covarrubias’ Tesoro de