Understanding Relations Between Scripts: The Aegean Writing Systems [Paperback]

Philippa Steele(Editor)

ISBN: 9781785706448 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 176p, H9.4 x W6.7,
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Understanding Relations Between Scripts


Understanding Relations Between Scripts examines the writing systems of the ancient Aegean and Cyprus in the second and first millennia BC, principally Cretan ‘Hieroglyphic’, Linear A, Linear B, Cypro-Minoan and the Cypriot Syllabary. These scripts, of which some are deciphered and others are not, are known to be related to each other. However, the details of their relationships with each other have remained poorly understood and this will be the first volume dedicated solely to this issue. Nine papers aim to reach a better appreciation of relationships between writing systems than has been possible in previous research, through an interdisciplinary dialogue that takes account of both features of the writing systems and the contextual factors affecting the way in which writing was passed on. Each individual contribution furthers this aim by presenting the latest research on the Aegean scripts, demonstrating the great advances in our understanding of script relations that are possible through such detailed and innovative studies.

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"“With its wide-ranging topics and methodologies, this volume makes an outstanding contribution to the current state of research. It is a pioneering undertaking encouraging further future collaborations. These studies have definitely paved the way for turning this ‘no man’s land’ that is the study of writing systems into a promising autonomous discipline in its own right, while being connected to neighbouring fields of research through interdisciplinary bridges.” "

Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie (58)

""All of the essays contain contributions of real interest and value […]""

Journal of Hellenic Studies ()

""...all [chapters] lead to conclusions that are important for our understanding of the development of writing in the Aegean […] a collection that provides much food for thought.""

Journal of Greek Archaeology ()

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