The approximate core areas of distribution of hieroglyphic, cuneiform, alphabetic and syllabic scripts in the Eastern Mediterranean area (c. 12th to 7th cents. BC)
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In the history of writing systems, three different fundamental methods of recording the spoken word have been established: these are – in order of emergence – ideographic, syllabic and phonetic scripts. Any known writing system on this planet, including those of the Ancient World, is bound to use one of these methods or a combination of them, with the phonetic script – includ…

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Wittke, A.-M., “The approximate core areas of distribution of hieroglyphic, cuneiform, alphabetic and syllabic scripts in the Eastern Mediterranean area (c. 12th to 7th cents. BC)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, English edition by Christine Salazar (2010). Original German-language edition: Historischer Atlas der antiken Welt. Herausgegeben von Anne-Maria Wittke,Eckhart Olshausen und Richard Szydlak. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 3. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2007). Consulted online on 24 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps3_BNPA060>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241



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