The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms

The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms


By (author) Andrew Robinson

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 252mm x 20mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500286604
  • ISBN 13: 9780500286609
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: many col and b/w illus
  • Sales rank: 168,408

Product description

Writing is one of humanity's greatest inventions. Without it there would be no history and no civilization as we know it. But how, when and where did writing evolve? In a succinct, absorbing and well-illustrated text, Andrew Robinson discusses the history of decipherment and then each of the major writing systems in turn, from cuneiform and Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs to alphabets and the scripts of China and Japan. An invaluable guide to the worlds major writing systems, "The Story of Writing" is a book to read for both pleasure and enlightenment.

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Author information

Andrew Robinson is the Literary Editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He is the author of numerous books, including The Man Who Deciphered Linear B and Earthshock, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Review quote

"The most accessible and informative book available on the major writing systems of the world."

Table of contents

I. How Writing Works; 1. Reading the Rosetta Stone; 2. Sound, Symbol and Script; 3. Proto-Writing; II. Extinct Writing; 4. Cuneiform; 5. Egyptian Hieroglyphs; 6. Linear B; 7 Mayan Glyphs; 8. Undeciphered Scripts; III. Living Writing; 9. The First Alphabet; 10. New Alphabets from Old; 11. Chinese Writing; 12. Japanese Writing; 13. From Hieroglyphs to Alphabets - and Back?; Postscript in the New Millennium.