Daily Archives: February 11, 2021

Boustrophedon: as the ox plows

I mentioned earlier that Phoenician and Hebrew were written and read from right to left. Hebrew still is. Greek is written and read from left to right; the same way you’re reading this sentence.

That big change didn’t happen all at once. For a while the Greeks couldn’t decide which direction they liked better, so they switched directions every other line. They wrote a paragraph of text in the same way a farmer plows a field.

I’m happy to tell you they finally stopped doing that and settled on left-to-right.


Back to the beginning of The Western Civ User’s Guide to Reading & Writing.