Cadmus, Od., Hes.: son of the Phoenician king Agenor, brother to Europa, founder of Boeotian Thebes. Cadmus brought from Phoenicia the old Greek alphabet of sixteen letters, hence called Καδμήια or Φοινικήιαγράμματα (Hdt.); which was afterwards increased by the eight (so called) Ionic, ηωθφχζξψ.
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