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The Inscriptions

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Inscriptions on funerary stelae and other objects, mainly from Memphis and Sais, and graffiti found in other parts of Egypt are the result of this long presence of Carian-speakers in Egypt. About 170 inscriptions have been found in Egypt to date. Before dealing with the Carian corpus of inscriptions, it seems appropriate to present the system of transcription of Carian letters that is used throughout this book, since certain new conventions are introduced in this chapter. The method of transcribing vowels used until now has been largely superseded by our improved understanding of the Carian vocalic system. The chapter enumerates the corpus of the Carian inscriptions regularly referred to as para-Carian" or caroide". The para-Carian" or caroide" inscriptions discovered in the Carian area can be separated geographically in five groups: Khalketor, Ancin (south of Alabanda), Labraunda, Stratonikeia (a single inscription), and Aphrodisias.

Keywords: Carian vocalic system; caroide inscriptions; Egypt; para-Carian inscriptions



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