Phoenician Alphabet

The Phoenician alphabet is the alphabet (technically abjad) that was used to write the Phoenician language.

It was derived from the Proto-Canaanite alphabet which was in use during the Late Bronze Age. It is thought that it ultimately arose when Semitic-speaking peoples copied Egyptian hieroglyphics and assigned them to sounds found in their own language.

Descended from it are the Hebrew, Arabic, Devanagari, Greek, Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, as well as many others.