Iberian Script








Iberian scripts have been found on the Iberian peninsula, in southern France and on the Balearic Islands. The oldest known inscriptions date from the 4th century BC. The scripts are thought to have derived from the Punic alphabet.

In the 3rd century BC the Iberian peninsula was invaded first by Carthage, then by the Romans. Thereafter, the Iberian scripts and the languages they were used to write gradually disappeared.

The Iberian script is mainly syllabic but also partly alphabetic.

There were two version of the Iberian script - one used in southern France, Catalonia and Castile (Spain), the other used in Andalusia and Mursia. The main difference between these versions is the shapes of the glyphs and direction in which they were written. The northern version was written from right to left, while the southern version was written from left to right.

The Iberian family of scripts is consisted of two "styles", called Northeast and South. Structurally they are more or less the same, and the major difference between them is (a) geographical location, and (b) shape of the characters. Both Iberian scripts contain monophonemic (that is, only one sound, sort of like alphabetic) signs as well as syllabic ones.


Iberian Alphabet Wikipedia





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