The Phoenician Alphabet was developed in the 15th century. It only contains letters representing consonants, vowels are not used.

The Phoenician Alphabet was developed in the 15th century. It only contains letters representing consonants, vowels are not used.

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Phoenicia >>> Superimposed over a map of the modern boundaries. I hadn't realised that Phoenicia extended into territories that are now part of Israel and Syria, as well as Lebanon. Now I know!

Phoenicia >>> Superimposed over a map of the modern boundaries. I hadn't realised that Phoenicia extended into territories that are now part of Israel and Syria, as well as Lebanon. Now I know!

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3000 BCE stone carvings / relics of the Phoenician, Roman, Arab and Medieval Christian eras on the island of Malta / Gozo Museum of Archaeology

3000 BCE stone carvings / relics of the Phoenician, Roman, Arab and Medieval Christian eras on the island of Malta / Gozo Museum of Archaeology

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The ancestry of the Roman alphabet from Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs) to Semetic (early Hebrew) to Phoenician to Greek. (J, U, and W were late additions to the Roman alphabet.) The Ancient Egyptian name for their own writing system was "Metu Neter" - meaning divine speech. "Hieroglyphs" is a Greek word - "hieros" means "sacred", "glyph" means writing.

The ancestry of the Roman alphabet from Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs) to Semetic (early Hebrew) to Phoenician to Greek. (J, U, and W were late additions to the Roman alphabet.) The Ancient Egyptian name for their own writing system was "Metu Neter" - meaning divine speech. "Hieroglyphs" is a Greek word - "hieros" means "sacred", "glyph" means writing.

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Gilded bronze cuirass, Phoenician, Ksour-es-Sal, Tunisia, 3rd C. B.C., dates to the Punic Wars with Rome. Musee du Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia

Gilded bronze cuirass, Phoenician, Ksour-es-Sal, Tunisia, 3rd C. B.C., dates to the Punic Wars with Rome. Musee du Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia

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Comparison between Proto-Sinaitic, Phoenician, and Greek alphabets. This diagram displays several evolutionary steps of western alphabets.

Comparison between Proto-Sinaitic, Phoenician, and Greek alphabets. This diagram displays several evolutionary steps of western alphabets.

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