Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization

Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization

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by Barry B. Powell
     
 

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Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization traces the origins of writing tied to speech from ancient Sumer through the Greek alphabet and beyond.

  • Examines the earliest evidence for writing in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC, the origins of purely phonographic systems, and the mystery of alphabetic writing
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Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization traces the origins of writing tied to speech from ancient Sumer through the Greek alphabet and beyond.

  • Examines the earliest evidence for writing in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC, the origins of purely phonographic systems, and the mystery of alphabetic writing
  • Includes discussions of Ancient Egyptian,Chinese, and Mayan writing
  • Shows how the structures of writing served and do serve social needs and in turn create patterns of social behavior
  • Clarifies the argument with many illustrations

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"For anyone interested in language, writing, and their fascinating history across many cultures and centuries of development, this engagingly written, well-illustrated book will provide a very readable mine of information." (CHOICE, December 2009)

“Powell's concentration on precise names for terms used in discourse clears up some of the confusion common to histories of work on ancient scripts.” (About.com, May 2009)

“A feature … is the use of the ancient scripts in the text with numerous illustrations to familiarize the reader with the different writing systems. The result is a readable and enlightening study of a complex topic.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, April 2010)

“Writing is stimulating and impressive.” (Science, April 2009)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118293492
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
File size:
10 MB

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"This is an excellent, accessible introduction to writing's origins and development; Powell's jargon-free exposition clarifies many important issues in a way that specialist discussions have rarely achieved to date."
John Bennet, University of Sheffield

Meet the Author

Barry B. Powell is Halls-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written extensively on ancient Greek literature and the history of writing. His books include Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet (1991), A New Companion to Homer (editor, with Ian Morris) (1997), Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature (2001), and two editions of Homer (second edition, Blackwell, 2007).

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As she was coming back from the dusk patrol, Cinderheart could hear panic in the camp. She dropped the large bounty of prey she was carrying onto the ground and sprinted back to camp as quickly as she could. "Jayfeather, what's going on? What's all the fuss about?" Cinderheart mewed. "Squirrelflight's having her kits and it's all gone wrong! Come with me you might be able to help!" As he was saying so, he never took his blind blue eyes off the nursery. Squirrelflight was due to have her kits any day now, every cat knew that, but for the birth to go wrong was so unnatural beacuse just last week she caught the most prey during a patrol. A pain ful cry came from the nusery and Jayfeather and Cinderheart rushed in. Squirrelflight's breathing was quick and shallow. Bramblestar was standing over his mate, rubbing her with his tail, with a great look of concern on his face. Jayfeather went over and began giving instructions to her for giving birth. She followed them exactly and a she cat that had unusual golden spots. Jayfeather let the mother she her kit. "Leopardkit" She gasped. Jayfeather gave the kit to Bramblestar and he immeadiatly bean to lick. Then a handsom black tom with gray spots was brought to life "Tallkit" The kit was then handed to Cinderheart to lick. Then came a beautiful tortoiseshell and white she-cat ."Spottedkit." A lovely blue-gray she-cat came next. "Bluekit. Leopardkit, Tallkit, Spottedkit, and Bluekit. I love you very much, dears. Bramblestar, I love you. Take care of our kits." "Why are you saying goodbye? You are not leaving me, Squirrelflight! The kits need you! I NEED YOU! Jayfeather, find something to heal her, now! She is not dying on me!"Bramblestar yowled. " Bramblestar, you have to let me go. You will know why I named our kits so. I will visit you every night. I promise. I love you. Firestar, Sandstorm, Graystripe? I am coming." She whispered barely audible. Then her eyes rolled back into her head and her eyelids closed, breathing her last. "SQUIRRELFLIGHT!!! COME BACK TO ME PLEASE!" Bramblestar let out a cry of grief. The kits all began to cry until Bramblestar began to comfort them. "Its alright. Its alright. Daddy will be right back. He just needs to do something and he will come and get you milk." Bramblestar left the nurseryand climbed on top of the High Ledge. "Let all cats who are old enough to catch their own prey gather blow the High Ledge for a Clan Meeting." Once, everyone was there he began. "Squirrelflight has joined Star Clan, but our kits, Leopardkit, Tallkit, Spottedkit, and Bluekit, have not. But they will need a mother to raise and feed them." Gasps of astonishment filled the crowd in Bramblestar's news "Because this she-cat has kitted recently and has plenty of milk, Cinderheart will be the kits' mother."
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1: The book MUST be baised on Warrior Cats, but I will allow wolf books 2: DO NOT copy someone's book or I'll ignore you and you won't be in the results 3: I don't have judges but if anyone isn't writing a book they can discuss the books PRIVATELY with me at result 8 4: NO SEXUAL PARTS IN THE BOOK IS ALLOWED!!!!!!!! 5: The chapter/prologue can be as long a it can be 6: I must ask that you please have correct spelling, I will allow a few mistakes but not too many
Anonymous More than 1 year ago