Texts Reveal Cultural Life in Ugarit and Show Similarities with Arabic Language

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Ancient texts found in the Syrian city of Ras Shamra, near ancient Ugarit, reveal a scribe’s lessons to his students on the alphabet. They also show that Ugaritic scribes taught foreign languages in addition to Canaanite.
Jamal Haidar, Director of Lattakia Department of Archaeology, has studied the new finds and has pointed out similarities in the alphabetical order of the Ugaritic language and that of Arabic and Greek. He also noted Ugaritic’s grammatical similarities to Arabic; the two languages share roughly 1,000 words, more than two thirds of the Ugaritic vocabulary.

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