The Phoenician Alphabet

Getting to Know the Phoenician Alphabet


Roll over the different symbols below to learn more about the Phoenician Alphabet, from which the modern western alphabet evolved.

 


Zodiac image of balancing figure (medallion)

Al-Mizan

"Al-Mizan" is the Arabic word for balance. This exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University explores the connections between the sciences and arts in Muslim societies.

  • The Victor's Virtue: A Cultural History of Sport

    Created November 9, 2010
    The Victor's Virtue: Pentathlon Scene

    Students may know that there are two components of a modern education that are closely associated with ancient Greek culture: philosophy and sports. To what extent does the role and value of sports in modern high schools resemble the role and value of sports in an ancient Greek education?

  • Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: Oral and Literary Strategies

    Created October 13, 2010
    Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: Oral and Literary Strategies

    Through close reading and textual analysis of Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel about the British colonization of Nigeria, students learn how oral, linguistic, and literary strategies are used to present one’s own story and history through literature.

  • Women in Africa: Tradition and Change

    Created October 7, 2010
    Women in Africa: Tradition and Change

    Examine the role of women in African society as represented in traditional artwork and post-colonial literature.

  • Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Scroll Paintings

    Created September 29, 2010
    Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Scroll Paintings: Book of the Dead

    This lesson introduces students to Egyptian art, culture, and history through the ancient tomb paintings and mythological figures of the Book of the Dead.

  • Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Hieroglyphs

    Created September 29, 2010
    Egyptian Symbols and Figures: Hieroglyphs

    Students will examine the art and history of ancient Egypt through the oldest writing system in the world. This lesson teaches students how to understand and write Egyptian hieroglyphs.

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama born

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    Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen

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    Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo is born

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