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Homer and the origin of the Greek alphabet

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Homer and the origin of the Greek alphabet
Title
Homer and the origin of the Greek alphabet
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing-systems to the use of alphabetic writing. In brief: what caused the invention of the Greek alphabet? who did it, and why? The author declares his conclusion to be a possibly surprising one - that a single man, perhaps from the island of Euboea, invented the Greek alphabet specifically in order to record the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer. The predominant view among scholars is that the Greek alphabet was invented for mundane purposes, such as the keeping of business accounts, and was only subsequently applied to the recording of literary documents. Others have advocated that the alphabet was invented to record literature, but this book is the first to connect the invention of the alphabet with the writing-down of Homer. Beginning with a critical review of previous scholarship on the origins of the alphabet and a presentation of his own evaluation of the evidence, the author then places the Greek alphabet in its context in the history of writing. From a review of the early surviving examples of Greek alphabetic writing he draws some conclusions about what the alphabet was first used for and the social environment in which it first appeared. After a section attempting to place Homer accurately in time, the concluding chapter draws together all the strands of the inquiry and suggests an answer to the opening questions
Cataloging source
UkLiU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Powell, Barry B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PA4177.A48
LC item number
P69 1990
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Greek language
  • Homer
  • Homère
Label
Homer and the origin of the Greek alphabet
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-276) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Review of criticism: what we know about the origin of the Greek alphabet -- 2. Argument from the history of writing: how writing worked before the Greek alphabet -- 3. Argument from the material remains: Greek inscriptions from the beginning to c. 650 BC -- 4. Argument from coincidence: Dating Greece's earliest poet -- 5. Conclusions from probability: how the Iliad and Odyssey were written down
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 280 pages
Isbn
9780521371575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Homer and the origin of the Greek alphabet
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-276) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Review of criticism: what we know about the origin of the Greek alphabet -- 2. Argument from the history of writing: how writing worked before the Greek alphabet -- 3. Argument from the material remains: Greek inscriptions from the beginning to c. 650 BC -- 4. Argument from coincidence: Dating Greece's earliest poet -- 5. Conclusions from probability: how the Iliad and Odyssey were written down
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 280 pages
Isbn
9780521371575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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