Semitic Writing (inbunden)
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Semitic Writing (inbunden)

Semitic Writing

From Pictograph to Alphabet

Inbunden,  Engelska, 1976-12-01

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This is the third edition of the late Sir Godfrey Driver's Schweich Lectures, first delivered in 1944. The present edition is based on extensive revisions and additions made by the author himself.

The third edition takes account of research and discoveries in the fields of Semitic epigraphy and the theory of writing. It deals with cuneiform scripts, the origins of alphabetic writing, its development from the earliest records until its transmission to the Greeks, and covers all the more important North-Semitic inscriptions. Theories regarding forms of letters, their names, place in the alphabetical sequence etc. are discussed at length.
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CUNEIFORM SCRIPTS ; 1. Historical background ; 2. Spource and date of the earliest inscribed tablets ; 3. Clay-tablets ; 4. Stone and metal, wood and ivory, papyrus and leather ; 5. Writing implements ; 6. The formation of pictographic and cuneiform signs ; 7. The arrangement of the text ; 8. From picture to symbol ; 9. From words to syllables ; 10. Scholars and scribes ; 11. Archives and libraries ; ALPHABETIC WRITING ; 1. Means and manner of writing ; 2. Diffusion of writing ; 3. Undeciphered marks and inscriptions ; 4. Sinaitic inscriptions ; 5. Early inscribed objects ; 6. Cuneiform tablets ; 7. Phoenician inscriptions ; 8. Moab and Palestine ; 9. Aramaean documents ; 10. Earliest South-Semitic inscriptions ; 11. Problems of interpretation ; Chronological table of Semitic inscriptions ; THE ORIGIN OF THE ALPHABET ; 1. Theories regarding the origin of the alphabet ; 2. The cuneiform scripts and the Phoenician alphabet ; 3. The Egyptian pseudo-alphabet ; 4. The Sinaitic script ; 5. The South-Semitic alphabets ; 6. The Ugaritic alphabet ; 7. The evidential value of the names of the letters ; 8. The relation of the form of the letter to its name ; 9. The forms and names of the individual letters ; 10. The Greek alphabet ; 11. The order of the letters of the alphabet ; 12. The time and place of the invention of the alphabet