Visible Language: Inventions on Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond

Visible Language: Inventions on Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond

Paperback Oriental Institute Museum Publications (Paperback)

Edited by Christopher Woods


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  • Publisher: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 292mm x 14mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1885923767
  • ISBN 13: 9781885923769
  • Illustrations note: 146 color photos
  • Sales rank: 790,557

Product description

Writing, 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 no previous exposure to texts. The authors explore what writing is, and is not, 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.

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