is awriting systemwith unknown origins. It was first published inJohannes Trithemius'
), in which it was attributed toHonorius of Thebes. Trithemius' studentAgrippa(1486-1535
) attributed it toPietro d'Abano(1250-
1316).It is also known as the
Runes of Honorius
after thelegendarymagus(Theban is not, however, arunic alphabet
), or the
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'.