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Re: [BKARTS] Origin of word



My trusty Bailly (pretty much the last word in Greek dictionaries)
gives the following (which I translate from the French):

"Boustrophedon:" adv. turning from one line to the other, like oxen
from one furrow to the next, i. e., writing alternately left to right
and right to left, writing practice found in ancient Greek
inscriptions.

The source is Pausanias, 5, 17, 6. Pausanias was the author of an
ancient Greek guidebook circa 180 CE.

Chaire!

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----- Original Message -----
From: Joan Michaels Paque <joanmichaels@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Friday, April 15, 2005 11:57 am
Subject: Origin of word

> Dear Book Arts People,
>
> My students and I are having a discussion about the origin of the
word
> Bostrophedon
> ( as the ox plows).  This is the continuous  method of folding a
> numberof pages from
> one sheet of paper.  I've found both Greek and German credits for the
> term and
> wonder what the consensus might be?  Appreciate any help on this
> subject. Thanks.
>
> Joan Michaels Paque
> JMP Atelier
>
> www.joanmichaels.paque.com
>
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