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I. Origins

Greek writing culture is the result of the adoption of the Phoenician alphabet, which took place in the 1st half of the 8th cent. BC - according to the assumption common today, which is supported by various evidence. As a reflex of the adoption the Ionic preserves the term Φοινικήια (Phoinikḗïa) for characters, which Herodotus (5,58) evaluates for a fundamentally correct reconstruction of the process. …

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Rösler, Wolfgang, “Literacy/Orality”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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