The Story of Writing

The Story of Writing : Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms

By (author) Andrew Robinson


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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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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 190.5 x 251.5 x 20.3mm | 771.12g
  • 01 May 2007
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • many col and b/w illus
  • 0500286604
  • 9780500286609
  • 133,025

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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.

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

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