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Headword: *gra/mmata
Adler number: gamma,416
Translated headword: letters, alphabet
Vetting Status: high
The Phoenicians were the first to invent the alphabet. Hence [the letters] were called Phoenician.[1] And they say that Cadmus first brought [them] into Greece;[2] but Apis the Egyptian brought medicine,[3] and Asclepius advanced the art.[4]
See also under "Phoenician letters."[5]
Greek Original:
*gra/mmata: o(/ti ta\ gra/mmata *foi/nikes e)feu=ron prw=toi. e)/nqen kai\ *foini/keia e)klh/qhsan. kai\ to\n *ka/dmon fasi\ prw=ton e)s th\n *(ella/da komi/sai: i)atrikh\n de\ o( *)/apis o( *ai)gu/ptios: o( de\ *)asklhpio\s hu)/chse th\n te/xnhn. kai\ zh/tei e)n tw=| *foinikh/i+a gra/mmata.
The entry closely follows George the Monk, Chronicon 1.75.16-19 (with an inserted explanation: see next note).
[1] This clause is added in the Suda.
[2] cf. kappa 21, kappa 22.
[3] cf. alpha 3217, alpha 4120.
[4] On Asclepius, see alpha 4173.
[5] phi 787.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; Christianity; chronology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; medicine; mythology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 13 February 2002@13:54:59.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 14 February 2002@02:59:05.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 11 June 2012@04:29:42.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 11 June 2012@10:24:09.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 23 September 2012@02:04:33.
David Whitehead (tweaked notes) on 29 September 2015@07:26:03.


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