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RZ-230604-15
Ancient Methone: Early Greek Maritime Trade, Industry, and the Origins of the Greek Alphabet
John Papadopoulos, University of California, Los Angeles

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The early history of the Greek alphabet: the new evidence from Eretria and Methone (Article)
Title: The early history of the Greek alphabet: the new evidence from Eretria and Methone
Author: John K. Papadopoulos
Abstract: Inscriptions on new archaeological finds in the Aegean, examined alongside linguistic evidence relating to Greek and Phrygian vowels, are here used to explore the origins and spread of the Greek alphabet. The ‘invention’ of vowels happened just once, with all of the various Greek, Phrygian and Italic alphabets ultimately deriving from this single moment. The idea spread rapidly, from an absence of writing in the ninth century BC to casual usage, including jokes, by 725 BC. The port of Methone in the northern Aegean emerges as a probable candidate for the site of origin. A place where Greeks and Phoenicians did business together, with international networks, was this where Semitic, Greek and Phrygian letters first coalesced?
Year: 2016
Access Model: Subscription only
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Antiquity
Publisher: Antiquity


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