The Alphabet
is Mine!
       
    Line of Vergil from an ancient manuscript    


Yours too, needless to say, if you're reading this.

Thanks, Phoenicians and Semites of Syria (1000 BCE), Greeks (900 BCE), Romans, Mediaeval copyists!

 

 

 


Papyrus fragment of the Koran      

   
   

In what common study did their mutual reflections merge?

The increasing simplification traceable from the Egyptian epigraphic hieroglyphs to the Greek and Roman alphabets and the anticipation of modern stenography and telegraphic code in the cuneiform inscriptions (Semitic) and the virgular quinquecostate ogham writing (Celtic).

Did the guest comply with his host's request?

Doubly, by appending his signature in Irish and Roman characters.

What was Stephen's auditive sensation?

He heard in a profound ancient male unfamiliar melody the accumulation of the past.

     


Heiroglyphics f
rom the tomb of Thanuny, Thebes Dynasty XVIII, C. 1422-1411 BCE

 

What was Bloom's visual sensation?

He saw in a quick young male familiar form the predestination of a future.

What were Stephen's and Bloom's quasisimultaneous volitional quasisensations of concealed identities?

Visually, Stephen's: The traditional figure of hypostasis, depicted by Johannes Damascenus, Lentulus Romanus and Epiphanius Monachus as leucodermic, sesquipedalian with winedark hair.

Auditively, Bloom's: The traditional accent of the ecstasy of catastrophe.


—James Joyce, Ulysses