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Cuneiform By Irving Finkel Cuneiform Cuneiform script on tablets of clay is as far as we know the oldest form of writing in the world The choice of clay as writing medium in ancient Mesopotamia meant that records of all kinds could sur

  • Title: Cuneiform
  • Author: Irving Finkel
  • ISBN: 0714111880
  • Page: 371
  • Format: broch
  • Cuneiform By Irving Finkel Cuneiform script on tablets of clay is, as far as we know, the oldest form of writing in the world The choice of clay as writing medium in ancient Mesopotamia meant that records of all kinds could survive down to modern times, preserving fascinating documents from ancient civilization, written by a variety of people and societies From reading these tablets we can understand not only the history and economics of the time but also the beliefs, ideas and superstitions This new book will bring the world in which the cuneiform was written to life for the non expert reader, revealing how ancient inscriptions can lead to a new way of thinking about the past It will explain how this pre alphabetic writing really worked and how it was possible to use cuneiform signs to record so many different languages so long ago Richly illustrated with a wealth of fresh examples ranging from elementary school exercises to revealing private letters or beautifully calligraphic literature for the royal library, we will meet people that arent so very different from ourselves We will read the work of many scribes from mundane record keepers to state fortune tellers, using tricks from puns to cryptography For the first time cuneiform tablets and their messages are not remote and inaccessible, but wonderfully human documents that resonate today.
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    1. philippe kohn on said:

      Very interesting book for a quick introduction to cuneiform And it s a great sample of the british museum s collection a must read

    2. C.Nugues on said:

      Excellent livre pour d couvrir l criture la plus ancienne Je le recommande vivement ceux qui s int ressent l histoire Excellent auteur.

    3. JTinBellevue on said:

      Finkel is one of the very few people on this planet who can share his love of cuneiform to the general public He has a great sense of humor and his knowledge of the subject is a wonder Curious about cuneiform Read this book.

    4. Steve in DC on said:

      Love this book, but be aware that it IS basically the same book as one of a similar title by the same author.

    5. Dr. Adams on said:

      gorgeous book i learned a lot while reading it made me hungry to learn .

    6. Micster on said:

      Awesome book Irving Finkel check out his vids on Youtube is amazing, and his love of Cuneiform is contagious Terrific gift book too, for anyone interested in history.

    7. Bob Moore on said:

      A very entertaining and informative book written in a pleasant to read style that is suitable for both adults and teenagers It should be in every school library.

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