Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources


- 7th-3rd cent. B.C.

Examples of writing

Carian inscription E.Sa 2

Carian inscription E.Sa 2
Source: copia dell'autore sulla base di Adiego (2006) 33

pdnejt qýris ki

Funerary inscription found at the base of a figurine for the goddess Neith (Sais, Egypt).

Text in scriptio continua whose interpretation is confirmed by the Egyptian counterpart "pdnejt figlio di  qýri-".

The figurine has a cartouche with the name of the Pharaoh Psammeticus I (663-609 BC). For this reason it is believed to be the oldest inscription known at the moment in Carian.