The development of the Alphabet

Phoenicians and the Lydians

6 Fundamental Facts

  • The Phoenician borrowed the alphabet and changed the letters
  • The Phoenician improved the alphabet in their business to write down bills and to write down trade agreements
  • The writing went from the Egyptians to the Phoenicians to the Greek and then now
  • The Greek alphabet was most likely to the alphabet now
  • The Phoenicians trimmed the alphabet to 22 letters witch made it easier to learn
  • After the Phoenicians trimmed it more and more people began to learn to write because it was easier


Colony A settlement separated from a home country

Cultural diffusion The spreading of new ideas to other places

Barter The exchange of one good or service for another

Money economy An economic system based on the use of money


Boehm, Richard G, Et al, Harcourt Brace Social Studies: Ancient Civilization. Orlando: Harcourt Brace, 2002.Print.