Toohey, speaking easily and casually, gave a brief sketch of all known civilizations and of their outstanding religious monuments—from the Incas to the Phoenicians to the Easter Islanders—including, whenever possible, the dates when these monuments were begun and the dates when they were completed, the number of workers employed in the construction and the approximate cost in modern American dollars.
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The Phoenician alphabet is generally believed to be the ancestor of all modern alphabets.
One of those Phoenicians who assume all Waldenites are illiterate.