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The Story of Writing By Andrew Robinson

The Story of Writing
by 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? This book discusses the history of decipherment and major writing systems, from cuneiform and Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs to alphabets and the scripts of China and Japan.
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The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms by Andrew Robinson

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 world's major writing systems, The Story of Writing is a book to read for both pleasure and enlightenment.

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The Story of Writing Reviews


'The most accessible and informative book available on the major writing systems of the world' - History Today
'Excellent ... Robinson covers so much ground in such short order that you feel he must have got something wrong or left out something important. He hasn't' - Bookdealer
'Delightful to read ... difficult to put down once started' - Communication Arts

About Andrew Robinson


Andrew Robinson has written more than 25 books on the arts and sciences. They include Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts, India: A Short History and Earthshock, which won the Association of Earth Science Editors Outstanding Publication Award, plus Earth-Shattering Events . A regular contributor to such magazines as Current World Archaeology, History Today, The Lancet, Nature and Science, he has also been literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge.

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

Additional information

GOR003298691
The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms by Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson
Used - Good
Paperback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2007-04-16
232
0500286604
9780500286609
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.