Phrygian alphabet and language

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Phrygian    Phrygian

Phrygian was an Indo-European language related to Dacian and Thracian and belonging to the Paleo-Balkan branch of languages. It was spoken in Central Asia Minor until about the 5th century AD.

The earliest known inscriptions in Phyrgian date from the 8th century BC and were written in an alphabet derived from Phoenician. The language of these inscriptions is known as Paleo-Phrygian. Later inscriptions, in Neo-Phrygian, were written in a version of the Greek alphabet.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: alphabet
  • Writing direction: variable - boustrophedon (right to left / left to right)
  • Used to write: Phrygian

Phrygian alphabet

Phrygian alphabet

The Greek and Latin equivalents are shown under each letter, and their pronunciation is given where known.

Sample text in Phrygian

Sample text in Phrygian

Links

Information about the Phrygian language and alphabet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrygian_language
http://www.maravot.com/Phrygian.html
http://phrygians.org/alphabet.html

Corpus of Phrygian Inscriptions
http://titus.fkidg1.uni-frankfurt.de/texte/etcs/phrygian/phryg.htm

Phrygian etymological database
http://www.indo-european.nl/


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