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Thamudene Alphabet/Thamudic Inscriptions
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The Thamudic inscriptions are a group of inscriptions in several dialects of Early North Arabic, written in a script derived from the Old South Arabic alphabet. The Arab Tamûdi are mentioned in 715 bce in the annals of the Assyrian king Sargon II; according to the geography of Ptolemy, the Thamydítai and Thamydḗnoi lived in the territory of Midian. A Greek/Nabatean bilingual from the temple of Rauwāfa in the northern Hijaz mentions a people called Thamudḗnoi, and at the end of the 4th century we still find Thamudeni as mounted soldiers in the East Roman army.

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Müller, Walter W., “Thamudene Alphabet/Thamudic Inscriptions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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