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Italy, alphabetical scripts
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A. Introduction

The alphabet was imported to Italy by the Euboean Greeks and adopted by the Etruscans in its entirety ( Alphabet, II. B.). The abecedary of Marsiliana d'Albegna (c. 700-650 BC; see table) corresponds to the Italian prototype. The history of Italian writing can best be read from the abecedaries (*I.1ff. in [1], thus also quoted in the following). Apart …

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Wachter, Rudolf (Basle), “Italy, alphabetical scripts”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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