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boustrophedon (was: Atlantis II)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, June 15, 2001, 6:50
At 11:04 pm -0400 14/6/01, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
>On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, John Cowan wrote: > >> Danny Wier scripsit: >> >> > | 4) It is read zig-zag, 1st line is Left to Right, 2nd line is read >>Right to >> > Left, 3rd line is Left to Right, 4th line is Right to left and so on.... >> > >> > Boustrophedon.
_Reverse_ boustrophedon - as the original boustrophedon practised by those ancient Greeks (always AFAIK) began with 1st line Right-to-Left and thus with all the odd numbered lines; the even numbered went Left-to-Right.
>> Strictly speaking, it is only boustrophedon if the letters on the RTL lines >> are mirror images of the ones on the LTR lines.
Quite so.
>Huh. It was either in some book on the history of writing (mainly >methods of, like pens and paper and papyrus and stuff) or _The Cambridge >Encyclopedia of Language_ (2nd ed., David Crystal), and I'm sorry I can't >remember which, that it said there were several kinds of boustrophedon, >of which the definition you give was only one.
Ah, I suspect John lke me thinks that because the Greeks coined the word then it means what they meant by it, i.e. as defined above. In ancient Greek BTW _boustrophe:do'n_ was an adverb meaning "ploughwise" ("plowwise"?) << bou- (ox) + stroph- (turn); but the adverb was particularly use of the archaic style of writing. Maybe the other 'ploughwise' types of writing to which Yoon Ha refers could be termed "boustrophedoid" ;) What are these boustrophedoid scripts? Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================


Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Dan Seriff <microtonal@...>