Irving Finkel Jonathan Taylor
- Title: Cuneiform: Ancient Scripts
- Author: Irving Finkel Jonathan Taylor
- ISBN: 9781606064474
- Page: 276
- Format: Paperback
Cuneiform script on clay tablets is, as far as we know, the oldest form of writing in the world The resilience of clay has permitted these records to survive for thousands of years, providing a fascinating glimpse into the political, economic, and religious institutions of the ancient Near Eastern societies that used this writing system A concise and accessible introduCuneiform script on clay tablets is, as far as we know, the oldest form of writing in the world The resilience of clay has permitted these records to survive for thousands of years, providing a fascinating glimpse into the political, economic, and religious institutions of the ancient Near Eastern societies that used this writing system A concise and accessible introduction to the topic, this book traces the history of cuneiform from its beginnings in the fourth millennium BC to its eventual demise in the face of the ever expanding use of alphabetic Aramaic in the first millennium BC The authors explain how this pre alphabetic system worked and how it was possible to use it to record so many different languages Drawing on examples from the British Museum, which has the largest and most venerable cuneiform collection in the world, this lively volume includes elementary school exercises, revealing private letters, and beautiful calligraphic literature for royal libraries.
Recent Comments "Cuneiform: Ancient Scripts"
A simple but fascinating introduction to cuneiform. I loved the physical layout and the pictures in this book. Beautiful!
A concise, crisp and very clear introduction to what cuneiform is, when it was used, who used it and how it worked. I was slightly disappointed that the book didn’t teach me how to read cuneiform but it made it clear why a much bigger book would be required.This whet my appetite rather then satiated it.
As Beebee's review notes, this is a short book intended primarily for beginners; but I found it a helpful unified presentation of introductory material scattered through other works. In particular, the pictures are by far the best I've seen; I only wish more use had been made of the technique in, e.g figures 2 and 54, of highlighting relevant characters.The authors are curators, not professors, and I suspect the editors deliberately dumbed the book down. Some of the prose felt superfluous, and I [...]
Given to me by a good friend. A great primer on Cuneiform's origins and construct, without overdoing it conceptually so that you know where to start when conducting further study of this ancient script.
A pretty basic primer on the ancient cuneiform script and the scribal culture connected with it, with lots of nice photos of tablets (mainly from the British Museum). Not much depth, but there are a few interesting little pieces of trivia to be picked up.
A very well written introduction to cuneiform by two experts from the British Museum. The illustrations are great and complement the text.
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