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10 thoughts on “Cuneiform (Reading the Past, Vol 3)

  1. Gea Gea says:

    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 breakdown1 Origin and Development2 Tablets and Monuments3 Scribes and Libraries4 The Geographical Spread5 Decipherment6 Sample Texts7 FakesI found it all fascinating particularly the chapters on scribes and libraries decipherment and fakes As I said this is only 64 pages It gives a brief overview of these subjects but Walker writes in clear simple language I recommend it to anyone interested in Mesopotamian studies or the origin of writing

  2. P. P. says:

    Clear concise delightful

  3. Pete Missingham Pete Missingham says:

    It's depressing and encouraging at the same time to read a thirty year old book on cuneiform and realise that the state of knowledge has barely changed

  4. John Isles John Isles says:

    Cuneiform is not a script but a writing technology The present guidebook from the British Museum tells of its origin in the Middle East and its evolution from pictographs to syllabaries and alphabets Cuneiform was used for records and inscriptions in at least fifteen languages; inevitably we don't learn much about each language in this booklet but several sample texts are reproduced with transcriptions and translations The guide also forms a section of the volume Reading the Past which incorporates five other British Museum booklets on early writing in the Western World An interesting introduction to what could easily become a lifetime study

  5. Ayman Fadel Ayman Fadel says:

    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

  6. Sara Sara says:

    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

  7. Shauna Shauna says:

    Only 64 pages but packed with interesting and useful information about cuneiform

  8. Michael P. Michael P. says:

    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

  9. Martin Martin says:

    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 be surprising if you could even get a history channel special out of itHaving said that it is pretty much the only book out there that can function as an introduction to this ancient form of writing which makes it essentially recommended reading

  10. Kate Kate says:

    currently reading for a beginning cuneiform course through the museum education program of the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute

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Cuneiform (Reading the Past, Vol 3) ❰Read❯ ➳ Cuneiform (Reading the Past, Vol 3) Author C.B.F. Walker – 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 ta The cuneiform writing system flourished in the Near East from before BC to AD 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 how to read the names of the most famous kings as they appear on monuments In addition extracts from contemporary Sumerian literature and school texts give an account of the training of the scribes and the various types of inscription they wrote are illustrated The decipherment of cuneiform is explained and—for the collector—some guidelines for the identification of fake inscriptions are given.