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magic Theban alphabet

magic Theban alphabet

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The
Theban alphabet
is awriting systemwith unknown origins. It was first published inJohannes Trithemius'
Polygraphia
(1518
 
), in which it was attributed toHonorius of Thebes. Trithemius' studentAgrippa(1486-1535
 
) attributed it toPietro d'Abano(1250- 1316).[1]It is also known as the
Honorian Alphabet
or the
Runes of Honorius
after thelegendarymagus(Theban is not, however, arunic alphabet
 
), or the
Witches' Alphabet
 due to its use in modernWiccaand other forms of witchcraftas one of manysubstitution ciphersto hide magical writings such as the contents of aBook of Shadowsfrom prying eyes. The Theban alphabet bears little resemblance to otheralphabets, and has not beenfound in any previous publications prior to Trithemius'.

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