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Transcript of PHOENICIANS
OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
SEA IN PHOENICIA (TODAY =
LEBANON AND SYRIA) LEGEND HAS IT THAT A PHOENICIAN MAN WAS WALKING HIS DOG ON THE BEACH... THE DOG WAS PLAYING IN THE SURF AND FOUND A BIG COLLECTION OF SNAILS THAT WERE COMMON THAT TIME OF THE YEAR... THE DOG WAS HUNGRY SO IT CHOMPED DOWN A MOUTHFUL OF SNAILS AND ITS MOUTH TURNED... PURPLE! THE PHOENICIAN FIGURED THAT IF THE SNAILS TURNED THE DOG'S MOUTH PURPLE THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO DYE CLOTH AS WELL... SO THE PHOENICIANS STARTED MAKING DYE CALLED... THEY WERE ALSO GOOD WEAVERS SO THEY MADE LOTS OF PURPLE CLOTH TO TRADE THROUGHOUT THE MEDITERRANEAN... PEOPLE (ESPECIALLY WEALTHY PEOPLE) WENT SO CRAZY FOR THE PURPLE CLOTH THAT THE PHOENICIANS GOT RICH... BUT THEY HAD A PROBLEM.
SCRIBES WHO COULD READ AND WRITE CUNEIFORM TOOK A LONG TIME TO TRAIN AND THEY WERE CUTTING INTO PROFITS... SO THE PHOENICIAN MERCHANTS STARTED SIMPLIFYING THE CUNEIFORM SCRIPT SO THEY COULD KEEP THEIR OWN ACCOUNTS... LATER ON THE GREEKS ADDED A FEW MORE LETTERS TO THE PHOENICIAN ALPHABET (MAINLY VOWELS)... AND THIS EVENTUALLY BECAME THE ROMAN ALPHABET WHICH BECAME...