From: Hohberger, Clive (CHohberger@zebra.com)
Date: Fri Nov 07 2008 - 16:22:19 CST
Phil Chastney wrote on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 4:14 PM
so, are there any examples of boustrophedon writing where the letters
are NOT mirrored?
I'm only aware of hieroglyphic languages that were written
boustrophredonically without mirror imaged characters. Unlike Egyptian
hierogrlyphs which were written in the same direction in in parallel
rows or column the lines of Luwian hieroglyphs are written alternately
left-to-right and right-to-left. This practice was called by the Greeks
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boustrophedon> , meaning "as the ox turns"
(as when plowing a field).
I am told that occaisionally ancient Chinese was written
boustrophredonically, if I understood what I saw at the National Museum
in Taipei, but I'm sure others know better than I.
Maya script (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_script
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_script> ) was written
boustrophredonically, usually written in blocks arranged in columns two
blocks wide, read as follows:
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Subject: Re: Boustrophedon (was: Re: Question about the directionality
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Subject: Boustrophedon (was: Re: Question about the
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Date: Tuesday, 4 November, 2008, 2:07 PM
Q: Why is this thread like boustrophedon itself?
A: Because it goes in two different directions.
It would be really neato if we could split the "principles of
boustrophedon" discussion off into a separate thread, called,
don't know, maybe "Re: Boustrophedon", and leave the present
Subject line for discussions that really do have to do with
fair enough --- may I start with a query?
p218 of 'Reading the Past' (British Museum Press, 1990) says, "Some
early Greek and South Arabian texts were written boustrophedon [...]. In
such inscriptions the letters are often reversed to face the direction
that's "often", not "always"
unfortunately, the illustrations provided all show mirrored lettering
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