Development of the Greek alphabet based on a Phoenician model

Historical Context Essay

Alan Johnston (University College London)
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The development of the Greek alphabet

This essay discusses the Greek alphabet from its origins to the period when it reaches a stage very much as that of the present-day sequence, thus encompassing the years in which the classical canon of Greek authors was originally set down, c.700-200 BC. The topic is not without disputed detail, not least at what point, and indeed in what media, such texts, especially in the early period, were written.

This essay discusses the Greek alphabet from its origins to the period when it reaches a stage very much as that of the present-day sequence, thus encompassing the years in which the classical canon of Greek authors was originally set down, c.700-200 BC. The topic is not without disputed detail, not least at what point, and indeed in what media, such…

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Citation: Johnston, Alan. "Development of the Greek alphabet based on a Phoenician model". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 May 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=11132, accessed 22 April 2024.]

11132 Development of the Greek alphabet based on a Phoenician model 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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