Re: New contribution

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 16:44:47 CDT

Peter Kirk wrote at 9:31 AM on Tuesday, May 4, 2004:

>>If Phoenician is considered a glyphic variation of modern Hebrew, then
>>it can also be considered a glyphic variation of modern Greek. Would
>>it then follow that modern Greek should have been unified with modern
>>Hebrew? (Directionality aside.)
>In principle, the only thing which makes these unifications impossible
>is directionality. I am sure there are a number of other things which
>would make them undesirable.

Here are the top 7 reasons why Greek is separately encoded:

8 The Greek and Phoenician character inventories are different.

7 The archaic Greek scripts dropped characters, re-deployed characters,
and developed new characters completely independent of Phoenician script
development (which was, in comparison, practically non-existent).

6 Greek employed right-to-left and boustrophedon writing, but then
exclusively left-to-right; Phoenician has always been (to our knowledge)
exclusively right-to-left.

5 Greek and Phoenician are not even in the same language phylum;
Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic, Moabite, etc. are very closely related

4 Greek is the language and script of a modern state; the last Phoenician
script exemplar is from the 1st century BC.

3 Greek has miniscules.

2 Greeks are better sailors.

and, finally, three words -

1 Alexander the Great.


Dean A. Snyder

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