Originsand/or Spread of the Phoenician Alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet is one of the oldest alphabets known to man and the oldest by some.
It contains 22 letters all of which are consonants
It originated from the ancient civilization of Phoenicia in Canaan that was mainly made up of great traders.
The language spread to other regions such as Rome, Egypt and Greece but had to be modified to suit their needs (Kaulins 2012).
From the beginning, the Phoenician alphabet was developed to be only relevant to the communication needs of Phoenician traders hence other alphabets based on the Phoenician alphabet were modified depending on the people’s way of life and the main economic activities.
Early communication methods
Development of the alphabet
Role of trade on Phoenician Alphabet
The Phoenicians were great traders dominating Mediterranean trade (`traders in purple`) and dealt in a variety of goods e.g. purple dye.
The Phoenician Alphabet was meant to serve trade communication needs among traders/people of Phoenicia.
The traders spread the language to Greece, Egypt and Rome
Spread to Greece
Greek culture and economic activities
Role of the culture and economic activities in modifying Phoenician alphabet (mythology, religion and knowledge) (Kaulins 2012).
Modifications of the Phoenician alphabet and the final Greek alphabet
Spread to Egypt
Egyptian culture and economic activities
Role of the Egyptian culture and economic activities in modifying Phoenician alphabet (need to record religion and government information) (Kaulins 2012).
Modifications of the Phoenician alphabet and the resultant Egyptian alphabet
Spread to Rome
Roman culture and economic activities
Role of the Roman culture and economic activities in modifying Phoenician alphabet (governance) (Kaulins 2012).
Modifications of the Phoenician alphabet and the resultant Roman alphabet
Summarize findings and the various points made
Restate the thesis statement.
Kaulins, A. (2012). Ancient signs: the alphabet & the originsof writing. New York: ePubli.