The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process (Paperback)

The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process By Stephen D. Houston (Editor) Cover Image
By Stephen D. Houston (Editor)
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Although ancient writing offers our first glimpse of history, people and institutions, its origins remain mysterious. This book presents the most up-to-date analysis of the origins of ancient writing. Studying often neglected writing systems, such as those of Mesoamerica, leading scholars collectively discuss how these scripts came into existence and developed during their first centuries of use. Egypt, Mesopotamia, Elamite, Mesoamerica and the Maya, Shang and Runic are represented.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780521728263
ISBN-10: 0521728266
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: March 24th, 2008
Pages: 436
Language: English