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The Alphabet Of The Hekatompedon Inscription

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The subject of this chapter is the identification of the alphabet of the Hekatompedon Inscription and the examination of its visual properties in detail. Alphabet, intended here in its larger sense, means that select set of symbols used to convey the particular text in question. The important features of any alphabet are a mixture of qualitative and quantitative aspects, but the analysis of a Greek inscription must start with the identification of the alphabets regional or epichoric characteristics and the structure of its individual letterforms. The Hekatompedon alpha is, therefore, a rarified form, whose strongest chronological ties are really with the sixth century according to both scholars criteria and certainly mine as well. Epsilon has been used heavily, Immerwahr stresses, as a diagnostic letterform for the early fifth century BCE. The concept of quadrata is very significant for Greek sculpture as well.

Keywords: Epsilon; Greek inscription; Hekatompedon inscription; quadrata



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