Unicode Phoenician 𐤈
Phoenician alphabet is the oldest alphabet.
Phoenician is the oldest alphabet. It began around 1200 BC.
It was used by the ancient civilization of Phoenicia in modern-day Syria, Lebanon, and northern Israel.
Phoenician is made of 22 letters, consonant only.
The Phoenician alphabet is ultimately derived from Egyptian hieroglyphs.
[see Egyptian Hieroglyph 𓂀]
Phoenician became one of the most widely used writing systems, spread by Phoenician merchants across the Mediterranean world, where it was adopted and modified by many other cultures. The Paleo-Hebrew alphabet is a local variant of Phoenician, as is the Aramaic alphabet, the ancestor of the modern Arabic. Modern Hebrew script is a stylistic variant of the Aramaic. The Greek alphabet (with its descendants Latin, Cyrillic, Runic, and Coptic) also derives from the Phoenician.
[see Unicode Cyrillic Ж]
[see Unicode Rune ᚠ]
Phoenician was usually written right to left, though some texts alternate directions.
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