Transition from the Local Alphabets to the Ionic Script
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This entry examines the transition from the local alphabets of archaic Greece to the Ionic script. Greek city-, tribal and federal states down to the end of the 5th c. BCE, in some cases even down to the first quarter of the 4th c., used their own local (epichoric) scripts. These scripts were substituted gradually by the East Ionic sc…

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Angelos P. Matthaiou, “Transition from the Local Alphabets to the Ionic Script”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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