Barry B. Powell: Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet (1991)

5 July 2013, dusan

What caused the invention of the Greek alphabet? Who did it, and why? The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing-systems to the use of alphabetic writing. The author declares his conclusion to be a possibly surprising one–that a single man, perhaps from the island of Euboea, invented the Greek alphabet specifically in order to record the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer.

Publisher Cambridge University Press, 1991
ISBN 0521371570
280 pages

review (Mabel L. Lang, Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

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