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Re: VMs: Arabic and Voynich
Each line in VMS is written from left to right.
I never claimed that VMS is written boustrophedonic.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Pelling" <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2003 7:15 PM
Subject: Re: VMs: Arabic and Voynich
> Hi Larry,
> At 18:36 06/04/03 -0400, Larry Roux wrote:
> >Watching the war, every time I see something from the Al Jazeera network
> >the Arabic writing screams at me. I found a doc in Arabic and flipped it
> >horizontally. I am sorry, but isn't that looking very Voy-Like? Gallows
> >at the beginning, the ribbon character ("l") etc?
> Yes, there are similarities in *letters* (though there are arguably
> similarities with a number of other Mediterranean scripts), though I
> wouldn't be comfortable if you were to suggest a similarity in *script*
> (which is much more like a mid-Quattrocento Italian humanist hand than
> anything else).
> Whatever the VMS is, I'm sure we're staring it in the face (yet again).
> Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
> PS: IIRC, isn't there evidence that VMS lines were written left-to-right?
> If the original was in (right-to-left) Arabic, then the copy we're seeing
> could well have been made by a (left-to-right) Western scribe... though
> not sure the statistics of the content of each line look right-to-left-y?
> PPS: did John Stojko claim the VMS was boustrophedonic, or was that from
> elsewhere? I kind of half-remember this... :-o
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