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Headword: Γράμματα
Adler number: gamma,416
Translated headword: letters, alphabet
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
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:
Γράμματα: ὅτι τὰ γράμματα Φοίνικες ἐφεῦρον πρῶτοι. ἔνθεν καὶ Φοινίκεια ἐκλήθησαν. καὶ τὸν Κάδμον φασὶ πρῶτον ἐς τὴν Ἑλλάδα κομίσαι: ἰατρικὴν δὲ ὁ Ἄπις ὁ Αἰγύπτιος: ὁ δὲ Ἀσκληπιὸς ηὔξησε τὴν τέχνην. καὶ ζήτει ἐν τῷ Φοινικήϊα γράμματα.
Notes:
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.
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