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Greek Writing Systems
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The Greek language has been written using various writing systems, the best known of which is the standardized version of the alphabet still used today. The earliest attested texts, however, are written in a different script: the Linear B syllabary, used in Late Bronze Age Mycenaean administrative documents. Another syllabic script is attested on Cyprus, where it was used to write Greek for hundreds of yea…

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Philippa M. Steele, “Greek Writing Systems”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000170>
First published online: 2013

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