From: André Szabolcs Szelp (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Nov 09 2008 - 07:44:18 CST
That maya example as shown in the image is _not_ bustrophaedon, if the arrow
That's two columns of LTR (each column being two blocks wide).
If the reading would be 1-2-4-3-5-6, then it would be bustrophaedon.
2008/11/7 Hohberger, Clive <CHohberger@zebra.com>
> *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/Ancient_Greek>
> *boustrophedon <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 ) was written
> boustrophredonically, usually written in blocks arranged in columns two
> blocks wide, read as follows:
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> *From:* firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] *On
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> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 05, 2008 4:14 PM
> *To:* Unicode Mailing List; Doug Ewell
> *Subject:* Re: Boustrophedon (was: Re: Question about the directionality
> of "Old Hungarian" (document N3531))
> --- On *Tue, 4/11/08, Doug Ewell <firstname.lastname@example.org>* wrote:
> From: Doug Ewell <email@example.com>
> Subject: Boustrophedon (was: Re: Question about the directionality of "Old
> Hungarian" (document N3531))
> To: "Unicode Mailing List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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, oh, I
> 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 of
> that's "often", not "always"
> unfortunately, the illustrations provided all show mirrored lettering
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