Origins and/or Spread of the Phoenician Alphabet Unit

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PHOENICIAN ALPHABET

Originsand/or Spread of the Phoenician Alphabet

Unit

  1. Phoenician Alphabet is one of the oldest alphabets known to man and the oldest by some.

  2. It contains 22 letters all of which are consonants

  3. It originated from the ancient civilization of Phoenicia in Canaan that was mainly made up of great traders.

  4. The language spread to other regions such as Rome, Egypt and Greece but had to be modified to suit their needs (Kaulins 2012).

  5. 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.

  1. Origins

  1. Early communication methods

  2. Development of the alphabet

  1. Role of trade on Phoenician Alphabet

  1. The Phoenicians were great traders dominating Mediterranean trade (`traders in purple`) and dealt in a variety of goods e.g. purple dye.

  2. The Phoenician Alphabet was meant to serve trade communication needs among traders/people of Phoenicia.

  3. The traders spread the language to Greece, Egypt and Rome

  1. Spread to Greece

  1. Greek culture and economic activities

  2. Role of the culture and economic activities in modifying Phoenician alphabet (mythology, religion and knowledge) (Kaulins 2012).

  3. Modifications of the Phoenician alphabet and the final Greek alphabet

  1. Spread to Egypt

  1. Egyptian culture and economic activities

  2. Role of the Egyptian culture and economic activities in modifying Phoenician alphabet (need to record religion and government information) (Kaulins 2012).

  3. Modifications of the Phoenician alphabet and the resultant Egyptian alphabet

  1. Spread to Rome

  1. Roman culture and economic activities

  2. Role of the Roman culture and economic activities in modifying Phoenician alphabet (governance) (Kaulins 2012).

  3. Modifications of the Phoenician alphabet and the resultant Roman alphabet

  1. Conclusion

  1. Summarize findings and the various points made

  2. Restate the thesis statement.

References

Kaulins, A. (2012). Ancient signs: the alphabet &amp the originsof writing. New York: ePubli.