Boustrophedon


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Boustrophedon

 

a method of writing in which the first line is written from right to left, the second line from left to right, the third line again from right to left, and so on. Boustrophedon was used in Cretan, Hittite, South Arabic, Etruscan, and Greek writing.

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(7) Nor does the right-to-left direction of horos A indicate an earlier date than B, as the old idea that Attic writing evolved from retrograde to boustrophedon to orthograde was refuted long ago by L.
With the exception of just two scholars, all who have treated both horoi A and B--including, of course, all who have considered them a boustrophedon text (see below)--date them as one.
(19) Given, however, that horoi A and B are not a boustrophedon inscription, the logical next question is whether B can be considered in a single context with A or as something quite separate.
Hiller von Gaertringen, in IG [I.sup.2] 863, while not using the term "boustrophedon," employed its standard indicators: a single inscription number, opposing arrows for the two texts, and a reference to them in the commentary as "v.
Thumb back about 1,000 pages and you'll discover another weird word with possibly no synonym -- boustrophedon: "An ancient method of writing in which the lines are inscribed alternately from right to left and from left to right." (From the Greek for turning like oxen in plowing).
Os nomes sao inscritos progressivos, retrogrados ou em boustrophedon. Em alguns casos, somente uma ou algumas letras sao representadas retrogradas em um conjunto de letras progressivas.
Mills notes that the word for one of the earliest forms of Greek writing, boustrophedon, simply means "bull turning," and in some of the original poems recorded by the Greeks, the lines read from left to right, and right to left.
The text is three lines long, in high relief, and written in boustrophedon style starting in the top right-hand corner.
One of the earliest inscriptions from Corinth is a fragmentary sacred calendar inscribed in the epichoric alphabet, boustrophedon, on two adjacent faces of a corner block of poros that lists sacrifices in (at least) the month of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.][ ] and includes "four pigs." (28) Henry S.
In the same excavations on Temple Hill, Robinson found a second example of a similar Archaic sacrificial calendar incised, boustrophedon, in the epichoric Corinthian alphabet, this time on a fragmentary lead tablet.
(88) Consisting of the left half of a roughly rectangular plaque, the tablet preserves parts of five lines written in false boustrophedon that refer to a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] dedicated to Apollo.