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‘Fix, Schwyz!’ quäkt Jürgen blöd vom Paß – 2nd prize in the SFB-story contest

by Julia Lougovaya-Ast (TP A09 „Writing on Ostraca in the Inner and Outer Mediterranean)

A couple of years ago a tiny sherd found on the outskirts of Montpellier in Southern France caught my attention because it was inscribed with the first four letters of a Greek pangram that had been known from papyri and ostraca in Egypt, κναξζβιχθυπτησφλεγμοδρωψ. Pangrams are words or sentences that contain all letters of a given alphabet; a perfect pangram, like the one on the sherd, has each letter only once, which is difficult to achieve: “‘Fix, Schwyz!’ quäkt Jürgen blöd vom Paß” and “Cwm fjord bank glyphs vext quiz” would be among most successful examples in German and English. The Montpellier sherd made me wonder what purpose inscribing pangrams could have served in the ancient Mediterranean.

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