The alphabet employed by the Phoenicians was the inheritor of a long tradition of alphabetic writing and was itself adapted for use throughout the Mediterranean basin by numerous populations speaking many languages. The complex adaptation of the latter for representation of the Greek language is described in detail, then some brief attention is given to likely—Etruscan and other Italic alphabets—and possible (Iberian and Berber) descendants of the Phoenician alphabet.
This article by Madadh Richey is a selection from The Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean, edited by Brian R. Doak and Carolina López-Ruiz.
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