Writing.


New York, Praeger [1962] .

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Subjects Writing -- History.
Writing.
Series Ancient peoples and places (Thames and Hudson) ; v. 25.
Books that matter.
Description 261 pages illustrations, plates, 3 maps, facsimiles, tables 21 cm.
Copyright Date [1962]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-184).
Summary A concise yet wide-ranging survey of the invention and evolution of writing. The invention of writing marked the real beginning of civilization as we know it. Without writing, scholarship, religion, philosophy--and indeed, knowledge of every kind--would be rudimentary, for all these things depend on the traditions of communicable intelligence that only writing really secures. As a conscious and systematic activity, writing began in the fourth millennium B.C., its first known manifestation being cuneiform in Mesopotamia; its second, the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Each represents an immense step forward in human intellectual development. Later, and still more dramatically, comes the first alphabetic script, which originated in Phoenicia and from which all the known alphabetic scripts used today are derived.--Adapted from jacket.
Contents I. Primitive means of communication. Memory aid devices -- II. Analytic scripts of ancient Near East. Cuneiform writing ; Egyptian writing ; Cretan scripts ; Indus Valley script ; Hittite scripts -- III. The Far East. Chinese writing ; Non-Chinese scripts of China ; Japanese scripts ; Easter Island script -- IV. Pre-Columbian America. Cultural puzzle of Pre-Columbian America ; Mayan script ; Aztec script -- V. Phonetic scripts and the alphabet. Pseudo-hieroglyphic script of Byblos ; Cypriote syllabary ; Persian cuneiform ; Origin of the alphabet -- VI. Diffusion of the alphabet. Canaanite branch ; Aramaic branch ; Greek alphabet ; Latin alphabet.
Genre History.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)308353
(OCoLC)ocm00308353
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Diringer, David, 1900-1975.
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