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.

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?

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Topics in this Podcast: SYMHC Classics