Writing and painting have different names but a common form“

Zhang Yanyuan (9th century A. D.)*

*From G. Debon’s book: “Grundbegriffe der chinesischen Schrifttheorie”

(Fundamentals of Chinese writing theory and their connection to poetry and painting“


…Since the sun and the waves are a syllabic script which can be deciphered only in the years of sorrow and exile…“

(Od. Elytis: “Gift silver poem”, free personal translation.)


Linear B… is… the most significant writing system in use before the introduction of the alphabetic forms from Asia Minor. At the same time, it is the only known syllable writing system, for a known European language…”

(Harald Haarmann: “History of the writing”, (Universal-geschichte der Schrift))