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- DescriptionWriting, the ability to make language visible and permanent, is one of humanity's greatest inventions. This book presents current perspectives on the origins and development of writing in Mesopotamia and Egypt, providing an overview of each writing system and its uses. Essays on writing in China and Mesoamerica complete coverage of the four pristine writing systems - inventions of writing in which there was previous exposure to texts. The authors explore what writing is, and is t, and sections of the text are devoted to Anatolian hieroglyphs of Anatolia, and to the development of the alphabet in the Sinai Peninsula in the second millennium BC and its spread to Phoenicia where it spawned the Greek and Latin alphabets. This richly illustrated volume, issued in conjunction with an exhibit at the Oriental Institute, provides a current perspective on, and appreciation of, an invention that changed the course of history.
- PublisherOriental Institute of the University of Chicago
- Date of Publication15/10/2010
- Place of PublicationChicago
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOriental Institute of the University of Chicago
- Content Note146 color photos
- Weight953 g
- Width229 mm
- Height287 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byChristopher Woods
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