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.
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.
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.
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.