The ancestry of the Roman alphabet from Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs) to Semetic (early Hebrew) to Phoenician to Greek. (J, U, and W were late additions to the Roman alphabet.) The Ancient Egyptian name for their own writing system was "Metu Neter" - meaning divine speech. "Hieroglyphs" is a Greek word - "hieros" means "sacred", "glyph" means writing.
Phoenician grinning mask (5th century BCE) found in San Sperate, Sardinia, on display at the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari. It's an example of the "sardanios ghelos", the sardonic laugh mentioned by Homer and others in ancient times.