Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet and the Continuity of Ancient Greek by Roger D. WoodardGreek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet and the Continuity of Ancient Greek by Roger D. Woodard

Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek…

byRoger D. Woodard

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$176.00

Earn 880 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer examines the origin of the Greek alphabet. Departing from previous accounts, Roger Woodard places the advent of the alphabet within an unbroken continuum of Greek literacy beginning in the Mycenean era. He argues that the creators of the Greek alphabet, whoadapted the Phoenician consonantal script, were scribes accustomed to writing Greek with the syllabic script of Cyprus. Certain characteristic features of the Cypriot script--for example, its strategy for representing consonant sequences and elements of Cypriot Greek phonology--were transferred tothe new alphabetic script. Proposing a Cypriot origin of the alphabet at the hands of previously literate adapters brings clarity to various problems of the alphabet, such as the Greek use of the Phoenician sibilant letters. The alphabet, rejected by the post- Bronze Age "Mycenaean" culture ofCyprus, was exported west to the Aegean, where it gained a foothold among a then illiterate Greek people emerging from the Dark Age.

About The Author

Roger D. Woodard is at University of Southern California.
Fasti
Fasti

by Ovid

$19.59$24.41

Available for download

Not available in stores

Indo-European Sacred Space
Indo-European Sacred Space

by Roger D. Woodard

$31.99$39.97

Available for download

Not available in stores

The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology
The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology

by Roger D. Woodard

$29.89$37.30

Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek…Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195105206

ISBN - 13:9780195105209

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet and the Continuity of Ancient Greek

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"...will interest linguists and historians of writing."--Religious Studies Review