Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources


- 8th-6th century BC

edited by: Daniele Tripaldi, revised by Valentina Marchetto     DOI: 10.25429/   (translation by Melanie Rockenhaus)
Last update: 12/2021

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Stone seal from ’En Azeva (7-6th century BC)

Of Phoenician origin and alphabetic nature, Edomite is composed of 22 consonant signs, written from right to left. As specific palaeographical features, the upside-down shape of dalet and the Aramaic-like horizontal ductus deserve special interest. The 6th century BC brings about the complete graphic assimilation to Aramaic writing. Epigraphic records amount to a few seals and some ostraka.

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