Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 9 : The Early Mediterranean World, 1200–600 BC

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3.7.1. Languages and scripts
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A. Introduction

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The use of writing was known in a number of regions around the Mediterranean between ca. 1600 and 600 (cf. fig. 2; on the topic of literacy/orality, cf. Written sources 1.4.1.). The places where writing first arose warrant first mention: Egypt, where the hieroglyphic and cursive hieratic scripts developed side by side since the late 4th millennium; Mesopotamia, where Sumerian cuneiform arose during the same period; and between the two, the easte…

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Meiser, Gerhard, “3.7.1. Languages and scripts”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 9 : The Early Mediterranean World, 1200–600 BC, English edition by John N. Dillon; Translated by Duncan A. Smart (2018). Original German-language edition: Frühgeschichte der Mittelmeerkulturen: Historisch-archäologisches Handbuch. Herausgegeben von Anna-Maria Wittke. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 10. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2015). Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps9_COM_009888>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180517



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