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Cuneiform (Reading the Past - Cuneiform to the Alphabet)

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The cuneiform writing system flourished in the Near East from before 3000 BC to AD 75. This book surveys the development of the script from the earliest pictographic signs to the latest astronomical tablets and the process by which it came to be used for writing many different Near Eastern languages. Sample texts show how the script is analysed into words and syllables and ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 22nd 1987 by British Museum Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Gea
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a simple, concise overview of cuneiform, perfect for beginners. Its 64 pages are full of illustrations and samples of cuneiform from different ancient near eastern languages with a list of the most complete collections in the back. Here's the chapter breakdown:

1. Origin and Development
2. Tablets and Monuments
3. Scribes and Libraries
4. The Geographical Spread
5. Decipherment
6. Sample Texts
7. Fakes

I found it all fascinating, particularly the chapters on scribes and libraries, decipherment a
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P.
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear, concise, delightful.
Sara
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very short but very informative book about cuneiform writing. It went into a lot of detail in just a few pages. I enjoyed it.
Ayman Fadel
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good introduction to a difficult topic. Major props to the researchers and archaeologists who have been able to bring those ancient times back to us.
Shauna
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only 64 pages, but packed with interesting and useful information about cuneiform.
Mike Jensen
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the three introductions to Cuneiform I have read, this is the best organized, most readable, and presents the information most memorably. I suspect it can use a bit of updating around the edges, but this is an excellent place to understand what Cuneiform is all about.
Martin
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you have to wonder what motivates someone to write a non-fiction book and in this case you wonder who the author thought the audience would be. Here's the important fact you need to know: it's 64 pages. If all those pages contained useful facts that could get you started reading cuneiform or even allowed you to learn its history to some depth it would be worth it. As it stands there is less detail in here than you will find on the Wikipedia page. And that's saying something. It would b ...more
Diana
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Per chi volesse avere un panorama sul cuneiforme sotto tutti gli aspetti, questo è il testo giusto! :)
Kevin K. Gillette
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: linguistics
This is one of six volumes collectively entitled "Reading The Past." It was my first introduction to cuneiform, long before the Internet and Wikipedia.
Kate
May 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-history
currently reading for a beginning cuneiform course through the museum education program of the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute.
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