COWS, HOUSES, HOOKS: THE GRAECO-SEMITIC LETTER NAMES AS A CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE ALPHABET

@article{Willi2008COWSHH,
  title={COWS, HOUSES, HOOKS: THE GRAECO-SEMITIC LETTER NAMES AS A CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE ALPHABET},
  author={Andreas Willi},
  journal={The Classical Quarterly},
  year={2008},
  volume={58},
  pages={401 - 423}
}
  • A. Willi
  • Published 1 December 2008
  • History
  • The Classical Quarterly
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