I was not saying that I agreed with Lockwood's proposal, but that it was interesting. That can be said about other theories also, regardless of whether they are true.StephenGoranson wrote: ↑Wed Mar 15, 2023 7:50 am a) Besides maybe Gmirkin, and maybe DM Murdock/Acharya S, who accepts M. Lockwood's proposal about Alexandria?
b) Brahmi script pre-dated the Library of Alexandria, so it was not invented there. See Peter T Daniels books if you don't trust my previous reference.
With regard to your claims about Brahmi script, the following source disagrees with you:
"Indian Epigraphy: A Guide to the Study of Inscriptions in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and the other Indo-Aryan Languages" (Oxford University Press, Dec 10, 1998), by Richard Salomon, on p 17: "... the Brahmi script appeared in the third century BCE as a fully developed pan-Indian national script (sometimes used as a second script even within the proper territory of Kharosthi in the north-west) and continued to play this role throughout history, becoming the parent of all of the modern Indic scripts both within India and beyond. Thus, with the exceptions of the Indus script in the protohistoric period, of Kharosthi in the northwest in the ancient period, and of the Perso–Arabic and European scripts in the medieval and modern periods, respectively, the history of writing in India is virtually synonymous with the history of the Brahmi script and its derivatives."
As of 2018, Harry Falk refined his view by affirming that Brahmi was developed from scratch in a rational way at the time of Ashoka, by consciously combining the advantages of the pre-existing Greek script and northern Kharosthi script. Greek-style letter types were selected for their "broad, upright and symmetrical form", and writing from left to right was also adopted for its convenience. On the other hand, the Kharosthi treatment of vowels was retained, with its inherent vowel "a", derived from Aramaic, and stroke additions to represent other vowel signs. In addition, a new system of combining consonants vertically to represent complex sounds was also developed. See Falk, Harry (2018). "The Creation and Spread of Scripts in Ancient India". Literacy in Ancient Everyday Life: 43–66 (online 57–58). doi:10.1515/9783110594065-004. ISBN 9783110594065. S2CID 134470331. Archived from the original on 2021-12-10. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
So such a claim is not chronologically incompatible with an Alexandrian origin.