Cuneiform

Cuneiform Irving Finkel Jonathan Taylor
  • Title: Cuneiform
  • Author: Irving Finkel Jonathan Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780714111889
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cuneiform Irving Finkel Jonathan Taylor Cuneiform An accessible look at the world s oldest writing system cuneiform Originating in ancient Mesopotamia cuneiform script on tablets of clay is as far as we know the oldest form of writing in the world
    An accessible look at the world s oldest writing system cuneiform.Originating in ancient Mesopotamia, cuneiform script on tablets of clay is, as far as we know, the oldest form of writing in the world This new book brings the world in which the cuneiform was written to life for the non expert reader and covers the origins, development and eventual demise of the script.An accessible look at the world s oldest writing system cuneiform.Originating in ancient Mesopotamia, cuneiform script on tablets of clay is, as far as we know, the oldest form of writing in the world This new book brings the world in which the cuneiform was written to life for the non expert reader and covers the origins, development and eventual demise of the script 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 meet people that aren t so very different from ourselves For the first time cuneiform tablets and their messages are not remote and inaccessible, but wonderfully human documents that resonate today.Authors Irving Finkel and Jonathan Taylor are curators of the world s largest collection of cuneiform tablets at the British Museum The treasures in their care number over 130,000 examples of cuneiform writing and cover than 3,000 years of human experience.
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    About Irving Finkel Jonathan Taylor


    1. Irving L Finkel born 1951 is a British archaeologist and Assyriologist.The British Museum Dr Finkel is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection some 130,000 pieces of any modern museum This work involves reading and translating all sorts of inscriptions, sometimes working on ancient archives to identify manuscripts that belong together, or even join to one another.


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    1. A concise, crisp and very clear introduction to what cuneiform is, when it was used, who used it and how it worked I was slightly disappointed that the book didn t teach me how to read cuneiform but it made it clear why a much bigger book would be required.This whet my appetite rather then satiated it.

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    2. A few years ago, Jonathan Taylor opened the doors of the British Museum s ancient Middle East study rooms to us, a few students with our professor He distributed thousands of years old tablets between us smooth pebbles of baked clay the size of mobile phones, on whose sides were painstakingly printed little wedge shaped marks He then explained that what we found ourselves holding were from a period in Mesopotamia which had seen the beginnings of the first writing in human history This was cuneif [...]

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    3. Very interesting account of the first form of writing cuneiform Easy to read and put in simple terms, therefore great for anyone with an interest in ancient history.

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    4. Great into to cuneiform and it s history, made something that looks impossibly complicated approachable Very brief, moved briskly along Good tone, nowhere near as dry as the books on hieroglyphics I ve tried They lost me a bit in the math and fractions section, but plenty of books not discussing a different math system would still lose me there.Great photos beautifully explained They added to and informed the text rather than just sitting and looking pretty I read the American Getty Press versio [...]

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    5. Brief and basic intro to the most ancient of scripts, backed by illustrations taken from the British Museum inventory It covers the history of the script, its evolution and use by different languages and geographical regions Those ancient scribes had been printing wedge on clay for almost twice as long as we ve been writing any cursive script, so pay your respects to those hard working fellas and if you know nothing about cuneiform, well it s time you do, and this is a very good place to start.

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    6. Concise and clear A great little introduction to Cuneiform.

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    7. What a beautiful guide to a system so ancient.

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