The Meroitic Language and Writing System

Author: Claude Rilly,Alex de Voogt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107008662
Category: History
Page: 252
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This book provides an introduction to the Meroitic language and writing system, which was used between circa 300 BC and 400 AD in the kingdom of Meroe, located in what is now Sudan and Egyptian Nubia. This book details advances in the understanding of Meroitic, a language that until recently was considered untranslatable. In addition to providing a full history of the script and an analysis of the phonology, grammar, and linguistic affiliation of the language it features: linguistic analyses for those working on Nilo-Saharan comparative linguistics, paleographic tables useful to archeologists for dating purposes, and an overview of texts that can be translated or understood by way of analogy for those working on Nubian religion, history, and archaeology.

Nubische Grammatik mit Einer Einleitung Über die Völker und Sprachen Afrikas (Classic Reprint)

Author: Richard Lepsius
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9781391788005
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 654
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Excerpt from Nubische Grammatik mit Einer Einleitung Über die Völker und Sprachen Afrikas Ueber die von mir gesammelten. Leider erst in Europa wieder verloren gegangenen. Und sehr unvollkommen ersetzten Lieder s. Unten p. '237. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Double Kingdom Under Taharqo

Studies in the History of Kush and Egypt, c. 690 – 664 BC
Author: Jeremy W. Pope
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004262954
Category: History
Page: 352
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In The Double Kingdom under Taharqo, Jeremy Pope examines the strategies used by Taharqo, a Kushite pharaoh of ancient Egypt’s Twenty-Fifth Dynasty, to govern Nubia and Egypt together during the seventh century BC.

History of Humanity: From the seventh century B.C. to the seventh century A.D.

Author: Sigfried J. de Laet,Joachim Herrmann
Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 923102812X
Category: Civilization
Page: 626
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The period covered is marked by several turning-points, such as the spread of iron technology, the introduction of innovative irrigation systems and the development of new forms of urbanization. In China, India and the Mediterranean, in Central America and in parts of South America, the so-called 'Classical cultures' rose. For the first time, science attempted to develop independently of myth and religion, as a new method to explain nature and human destiny. But this period also witnessed the rise of universal religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and, in the seventh century, Islam.

The Idea of Writing

Play and Complexity
Author: Alexander J. de Voogt,Irving L. Finkel
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 900417446X
Category: History
Page: 396
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This exploration of the versatility of writing systems highlights their complexity when they are used to represent loanwords, solve problems of polysemy or when they are adapted to be used for another language. The approaches from different academic traditions provide a varied but expert account.

Einführung in die Meroitistik

Author: Francis Breyer
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 3643128053
Category: Inscriptions, Meroitic
Page: 316
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Diese erste konzise Einführung in die Meroitistik soll durch eine umfassende Behandlung von Sprache in Nubien einst und jetzt den Leser in die Lage versetzen, sich ein eigenes Bild von der meroitischen Schriftsprache und ihrer genetischen Zugehörigkeit zu machen. Hinterfüttert wird dies durch knappe Skizzen der Forschungs-, Entzifferungs- und Entschlüsselungsgeschichte, durch Kapitel zur Chronologie, den wichtigsten Fundorten, Ikonographie und Kunstgeschichte sowie einer Darstellung der napatanisch-meroitischen Geschichte. Eine kurzgefasste Grammatik ermöglicht es, die ausführlich kommentierten Übungsstücke durchzuarbeiten und so einen Eindruck von den verschiedenen Textgattungen zu gewinnen. Zahlreiche Tabellen, Übersichten, Schautafeln und umfangreiches Kartenmaterial runden das Bild ab.

Universal Iconography in Writing Systems

Evidence and Explanation in the Easter Island and Indus Valley Scripts
Author: Richard E. McDorman
Publisher: Richard E. McDorman
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: N.A
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Short Essay.Iconography has played a central role in the development of writing systems. That all independently derived ancient scripts began as arrangements of pictograms before evolving into their elaborated forms evinces the fundamental importance of iconography in the evolution of writing. Symbols of the earliest logographic writing systems are characterized by a number of iconographic principles. Elucidation of these iconographic principles provides a theoretical framework for the analysis of structural similarities in unrelated, independently evolved writing systems.Two such writing systems are the ancient Indus Valley and Easter Island scripts. Although separated by vast tracts of time and space, the two writing systems share between forty and fifty complex characters, a problem first identified by Hevesy in 1932. Previous attempts to explain the similarities between the Indus Valley script and the rongorongo of Easter Island, which have relied on notions of cultural contact or historical derivation, have proved unfruitful. In reconsidering the problem, a novel approach based on comparative iconographic principles can explain the resemblances between the two scripts as the product of the universal iconography displayed by all writing systems in their pictographic and logographic stages of development.

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

Author: Kathryn A. Bard
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118896114
Category: Social Science
Page: 480
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This student-friendly introduction to the archaeology of ancientEgypt guides readers from the Paleolithic to the Greco-Romanperiods, and has now been updated to include recent discoveries andnew illustrations. • Superbly illustrated with photographs, maps, and siteplans, with additional illustrations in this new edition • Organized into 11 chapters, covering: thehistory of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric andpharaonic chronology and the ancient Egyptian language; geography,resources, and environment; and seven chapters organizedchronologically and devoted to specific archaeological sites andevidence • Includes sections on salient topics such as theconstructing the Great Pyramid at Giza and the process ofmummification

Traditions and encounters

Author: Jerry H. Bentley,Herbert F. Ziegler
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780072489972
Category: Intercultural communication
Page: 1169
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Traditions and Encounters, with PowerWeb

Author: Jerry Bentley,Herbert F. Ziegler
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
ISBN: 9780072564990
Category: History
Page: 600
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From the Beginnings to 1500, Chapters 1-22This groundbreaking world history text has, in its first edition, become a market leader by offering a fresh, global perspective on the past. The text is unique in approach; covering the world as a whole, examining the formations and development of the world’s major societies (“traditions”), and also systematically exploring cross-cultural interactions and exchanges that have been some of the most effective agents of change in all of world history (“encounters”). In addition, the authors have taken great care in constructing a coherent vision of the past that is not weighed down by a mass of detail, thus enabling instructors to incorporate additional readings of their choosing. Finally the text emphasizes that historical processes work themselves out through the lives and experiences of individual human beings, opening each chapter with an account of individual experiences that illuminate themes in that chapter. The second edition includes scholarship updates throughout and revisions to organization and content.d content.

Human Expeditions

Inspired by Bruce Trigger
Author: Stephen Chrisomalis,André Costopoulos
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442664568
Category: Social Science
Page: 316
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In its 2007 obituary of Bruce Trigger (1937–2006), the Times of London referred to the Canadian anthropologist and archaeologist as “Canada’s leading prehistorian” and “one of the most influential archaeologists of his time.” Trained at Yale University and a faculty member at McGill University for more than forty years, he was best known for his History of Archaeological Thought, which the Times called “monumental.” Trigger inspired scholars all over the world through his questioning of assumptions and his engagement with social and political causes. Human Expeditions pays tribute to Trigger’s immense legacy by bringing together cutting edge work from internationally recognized and emerging researchers inspired by his example. Covering the length and breadth of Trigger’s wide-ranging interests – from Egyptology to the history of archaeological theory to North American aboriginal cultures – this volume highlights the diversity of his academic work and the magnitude of his impact in many different areas of scholarship.