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Classical Studies
CLST 100
Christina Zaccagnino

 800-750 BCE Introduction of the Greek Alphabet  There were different dialects in Greece, therefore this means different letters had different meanings in certain areas  430 BCE Athens adopted the Ionic alphabet used in Miletos  By the middle of the 4 century BCE it had become the common Classical Greek alphabet o Used by all Greeks  They used to write right to left or vice versa, or in boustrophedonone line was left to right, the following right to left o The name comes from the idea from the bulls pulling the plough in a field  The Nestor’s cup from Pithekoussai comes from a tomb, and it gets its name from the scratches on the surface th  There was knowledge of the epic poems at the end of the 6 century, and whoever read the text on the cup was able to understand what it was referring to  Papyrus was used to record texts o Papyrus was also used for cartonnage  Was made out of layers of papyrus with plaster, and was used for the masks of the mummies and other elements of the mummy  There was a revision of all Greek literature in the Museum of Alexandria  The museum was very important for science and hu
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