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    DescriptionWho invented the Greek alphabet and why? The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing systems to the use of alphabetic writing. The author reaches the conclusion that a single man, perhaps from the island of Euboea, invented the Greek alphabet specifically in order to record the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer.


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    Title
    Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barry B. Powell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521589079
    ISBN 10: 052158907X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: CF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    B&T General Subject: 480
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15720
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    DC22: 883.01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LAN001000
    B&T Approval Code: A20204025
    BISAC V2.8: FOR033000, FOR010000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 481.1
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, CF
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    4 maps 6 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    19 January 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    ' ... this is a book which is as remarkable for the ingenuity of its answers to difficult questions as it is for its useful review and compelling display of so much of the relevant evidence.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review '[This] is an important book, and will be widely read by students of writing in other cultures as well as by Homerists, linguists, historians and archaeologists of early Greece.' Classical Philology
    Back cover copy
    The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing-systems to the use of alphabetic writing. The author declares his conclusion to be a possibly surprising one - that a single man, perhaps from the island of Euboea, invented the Greek alphabet specifically in order to record the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer.
    Table of contents
    Foreword: why was the Greek alphabet invented? 1. Review of criticism: what we know about the origin of the Greek alphabet; 2. Argument from the history of writing: how writing worked before the Greek alphabet; 3. Argument from the material remains: Greek inscriptions from the beginning to c. 650 BC; 4. Argument from coincidence: dating Greece's earliest poet; 5. Conclusions from probability: how the Iliad and the Odyssey were written down; Appendix I: Gelb's theory of the syllabic nature of West Semitic writing; Appendix II: Homeric references in poets of the seventh century.