SYMHC Classics: The Phoenician Alphabet


A  Phoenician inscription, from the archaeological museum of Alanya, Turkey.  Photo by user Gmihail, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Serbia.
A Phoenician inscription, from the archaeological museum of Alanya, Turkey. Photo by user Gmihail, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Serbia.

This classic episode revisits the Phoenicians -- great ship-builders, sailors and textile experts. But they're most known for developing the alphabet that many modern alphabets are descended from. What drove a merchant culture to switch from cuneiform to a new writing system?

You can find the original episode here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-phoenician-alphabet.htm

The show notes from when this episode originally published are here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/blogs/missed-in-history-the-phoenician-alphabet.htm

Topics in this Podcast: SYMHC Classics

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