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The Story of Writing


Publisher:Thames & Hudson



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This book addresses the fascinating subject of writing, how it developed and the different systems employed by different cultures. Including cuneiform, Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs, early alphabets, runes, Linear B, the scripts of China and Japan, and more besides, Andrew Robinson explores the virtues of these writing systems and their decipherment, or not in some cases. Accompanied by many illustrations of writing on walls, tablets, objects, stones, monuments, papyri, and so on, this book holds a wealth of information not usually found in one publication. The second edition has been fully updated to include new archaeological discoveries such as a 3rd millennium BC seal from Turkmenistan, and discusses the digital revolution.

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