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The Keys of Egypt - The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs (Paperback, New Ed): Lesley Adkins, Roy Adkins The Keys of Egypt - The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs (Paperback, New Ed)
Lesley Adkins, Roy Adkins 2
R416 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R119 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A vivid and superbly written account of the unravelling of one of the great intellectual puzzles, set against the backdop of Europe in the Napoleonic era. When Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1798, his troops were astonished to discover ancient temples, tombs and statues, all covered with hieroglyphs - the last remnants of an unreadable script and a language lost in time. On their return Egyptomania spread rapidly and the quest to decipher hieroglyphs began in earnest. Jean-Francois Champollion was obsessed with ancient languages from a very young age, and once he heard of the unreadable ancient Egyptian text he had found the challenge to which he would dedicate his life: the decipherment of hieroglyphs. Despite poverty he made gradual progress, although he had to fight against jealous enemies, both professional and political, every step of the way - a dangerous task when in post-Revolutionary France a slip of the tongue could mean ruin, exile or even death. Failure threatened, as he was only one of many attempting to read the hieroglyphs, and his main rival, the English Thomas Young, claimed that decipherment was imminent, but Champollion refused to be distracted and finally, in 1822, he made the decisive breakthrough: he was the first person able to read the ancient Egyptian language in well over a thousand years.

The Decipherment of Linear B (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): John Chadwick The Decipherment of Linear B (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
John Chadwick
R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The languages of the ancient world and the mysterious scripts, long undeciphered, in which they were encoded have represented one of the most intriguing problems of classical archaeology in modern times. This celebrated account of the decipherment of Linear B in the 1950s by Michael Ventris was written by his close collaborator in the momentous discovery. In revealing the secrets of Linear B it offers a valuable survey of late Minoan and Mycenaean archaeology, uncovering fascinating details of the religion and economic history of an ancient civilisation.

Islamic Inscriptions (Hardcover): Sheila S. Blair Islamic Inscriptions (Hardcover)
Sheila S. Blair
R2,454 Discovery Miles 24 540 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The first object created by God, according to early Muslim commentators, was the pen, which he used to chronicle events to come. The word, in its various manifestations, is central to the Islamic faith. Surely a reflection of this centrality, profuse inscriptions mark countless Islamic objects, from the humblest oil lamps and unglazed ceramics to the finest and most expensive rock crystals and jades. The inscriptions serve numerous functions: decorating, proclaiming ownership and patronage, proffering good wishes and proverbs, and spreading religious texts throughout the world. Aside from their aesthetic worth, these inscriptions provide a fascinating window onto a distant culture.

In Islamic Inscriptions, Sheila S. Blair a wealth of stunning images and incisive commentary, while also providing the newcomer to Islamic civilization with a key to unlocking the mysteries of Islamic epigraphy. In addition to chapters devoted to the main types of inscription, detailing the development of their content and style, inscriptive techniques, and the motivations behind them, the book provides practical knowledge on finding, identifying, interpreting, researching, and recording inscriptions. The variety and clarity of information presented makes Islamic Inscriptions an ideal reference for historians, curators, archaeologists, and collectors.

Latin Inscriptions (Paperback): Dirk Booms Latin Inscriptions (Paperback)
Dirk Booms
R285 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Korean Stories For Language Learners - Traditional Folktales in Korean and English (Paperback): Julie Damron, EunSun You Korean Stories For Language Learners - Traditional Folktales in Korean and English (Paperback)
Julie Damron, EunSun You
R433 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R77 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The most enjoyable way to learn about an unfamiliar culture is through its stories; especially when they're told in two languages! Korean Stories for Language Learners introduces 42 traditional Korean folktales through bilingual Korean and English texts presented on facing pages. This elegantly illustrated volume is designed to help language learners expand their vocabulary and to develop a basic familiarity with Korean culture. Accompanied by detailed cultural notes, vocabulary lists, and grammar points, the stories gradually increase in length and complexity as readers improve their understanding of the language. After the first few stories, readers are asked to use the vocabulary in speaking and writing exercises. By reading these classic stories, westerners are also given a window into Korean culture and learn to appreciate the uniqueness of the country. The book can be used as a reader in first and second-year Korean language courses or by anyone who wishes to learn about Korean folktales and traditional Korean culture. A Korean-English glossary, an overview of the Korean Hangeul script, and free native-speaker audio recordings to aid pronunciation round out this delightful learning package.

A Place For Everything - The Curious History of Alphabetical Order (Hardcover): Judith Flanders A Place For Everything - The Curious History of Alphabetical Order (Hardcover)
Judith Flanders 1
R400 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R70 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Marvellous...I read it with astonished delight..It is equally scholarly and entertaining.' Jan Morris

'Delightfully quirky and compelling' The Times

One we've learned it as children few of us think much of the alphabet and its familiar sing-song order. And yet the order if the alphabet, that simple knowledge that we take for granted, plays a major role in our adult lives. From the school register to the telephone book, from dictionaries and encyclopaedias to library shelves, our lives are ordered from A to Z. Long before Google searches, this magical system of organisation gave us the ability to sift through centuries of thought, knowledge and literature, allowing us to sort, to file, and to find the information we have, and to locate the information we need.

In A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING, acclaimed historian Judith Flanders draws our attention to both the neglected ubiquity of the alphabet and the long, complex history of its rise to prominence. For, while the order of the alphabet itself became fixed very soon after letters were first invented, their ability to sort and store and organize proved far less obvious. To many of our forebears, the idea of of organising things by the random chance of the alphabet rather than by established systems of hierarchy or typology lay somewhere between unthinkable and disrespectful.

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING fascinatingly lays out the gradual triumph of alphabetical order, from its possible earliest days as a sorting tool in the Great Library of Alexandria in the third century BCE, to its current decline in prominence in our digital age of Wikipedia and Google. Along the way, the reader is enlightened and entertained with a wonderful cast of unknown facts, characters and stories from the great collector Robert Cotton, who denominated his manuscripts with the names of the busts of the Roman emperors surmounting his book cases, to the unassuming sixteenth- century London bookseller who ushered in a revolution by listing his authors by 'sirname' first.

Introduction to Qur'anic Script (Paperback): Syed Barakat Ahmad Introduction to Qur'anic Script (Paperback)
Syed Barakat Ahmad
R1,073 Discovery Miles 10 730 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Masterly work ... Leads the reader patiently but directly not merely into Qur'anic writing but into the heart of that Holy Book itself ... By the time we have followed Dr Ahmad to the end of this splendid work we have learned something new and indeed something uplifting about one of the world's great books.' Prof. F. E. Peters, New York University.

Kindergarten Beginning Word Games Workbook - Activities, Exercises, and Tips to Help Catch Up, Keep Up, and Get Ahead... Kindergarten Beginning Word Games Workbook - Activities, Exercises, and Tips to Help Catch Up, Keep Up, and Get Ahead (Paperback)
Sylvan Learning
R280 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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The Story of Writing - Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms (Paperback, New Edition): Andrew Robinson The Story of Writing - Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms (Paperback, New Edition)
Andrew Robinson 1
R453 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R86 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The most accessible and informative book available on the major writing systems of the world."--"History Today"
Without writing, there would be no history and no civilization as we know it. But how, when, and where did writing evolve?
Andrew Robinson explains the interconnection between sound, symbol, and script in a succinct and absorbing text. He discusses each of the major writing systems in turn, from cuneiform and Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs to alphabets and the scripts of China and Japan, as well as topics such as the Cherokee "alphabet" and the writing of runes. Full coverage is given to the history of decipherment, and a provocative chapter devoted to undeciphered scripts challenges the reader: can these codes ever be broken?
In this revised edition, the author reveals the latest discoveries to have an impact on our knowledge of the history of writing, including the Tabula Cortonensis showing Etruscan symbols and a third millennium BC seal from Turkmenistan that could solve the mystery of how Chinese writing evolved. He also discusses how the digital revolution has not, despite gloomy predictions, spelled doom for the printed book. In addition, the table of Maya glyphs has been revised so that they are up-to-date with current research. 355+ illustrations, 50 in color.

Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs - Names * Greetings * Insults * Sayings (Paperback): Angela McDonald Write Your Own Egyptian Hieroglyphs - Names * Greetings * Insults * Sayings (Paperback)
Angela McDonald 2
R264 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R48 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a handy and colourful illustrated guide to reading, writing and understanding ancient Egyptian names, epithets, titles and phrases. The Egyptians believed that the creator god Ptah brought the world into being by naming everything in it. Names had great power, and kings often over-wrote their own names on the monuments of earlier rulers. A person's name was a vitally important part of them, and the Egyptians were very concerned that their names should be recorded, remembered and spoken. Criminals and those who had fallen out of favour could be punished - wiped out of history - by having their names destroyed or defaced. The hieroglyphic script provided a beautiful, flexible and expressive means to write the names of humans, gods and animals. Angela McDonald explains the meanings of Egyptian personal names and how they were made up (Rameses = 'Ra has given birth to him') and demonstrates how they were written in different ways to convey various shades of meaning. Royal and divine names are always given special treatment. The Egyptians were not always formal, and nicknames were common. Even the names of pet animals are recorded in tomb paintings.

The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing (Hardcover): Stephen Houston, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, David Stuart The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing (Hardcover)
Stephen Houston, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos, David Stuart
R1,849 Discovery Miles 18 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing" is an important story of intellectual discovery and a tale of code breaking comparable to the interpreting of Egyptian hieroglyphs and the decoding of cuneiform. Using classic articles taken from publications unavailable to most readers, accounts by Spaniards who witnessed the writing of the glyphs and research by twentieth-century scholars--from Tatiana Proskouriakoff to Michael Coe--this book provides a history of the interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs. Introductory essays offer the historical context and describe the personalities and theories of the many authors who contributed to the understanding of these ancient glyphs.

More than two hundred line drawings illustrate the text and serve as an introduction to decipherment. This landmark work in Maya studies is the first book to examine the centuries of thought behind the decoding of Maya hieroglyphs.

ABCs in the Bible (Hardcover): Rebekah Moredock ABCs in the Bible (Hardcover)
Rebekah Moredock; Illustrated by Lisa Reed
R250 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R42 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With this creative primer, little ones can learn about the alphabet and the Bible all at the same time! Just flip through the sturdy pages to discover letters from A to Z, all vibrantly illustrated with examples from the Bible. Children will develop familiarity with letters and with the people, places, and things of the Bible as they read A is for Adam, M is for Manger, and more. With a padded cover and durable pages, ABCs in the Bible can withstand diaper bags, car seats, and teething tots for years to come. Parents won't want to miss this dual-purpose primer that makes learning easy and enjoyable.

Riddle of the Labyrinth - The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation (Paperback, Main):... Riddle of the Labyrinth - The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation (Paperback, Main)
Margalit Fox 1
R288 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The decoding of Linear B is one of the world's greatest stories: from the discovery of a cache of ancient tablets recording a lost prehistoric language to the dramatic solution of the riddle nearly seventy years later, it exerts a mesmerising pull on the imagination. But this captivating story is missing a crucial piece. Two men have dominated Linear B in popular history: Arthur Evans, the intrepid Victorian archaeologist who unearthed Linear B at Knossos and Michael Ventris, the dashing young amateur who produced a solution. But there was a third figure: Alice Kober, without whose painstaking work, recorded on pieces of paper clipped from hymn-sheets and magazines and stored in cigarette boxes in her Brooklyn loft, Linear B might still remain a mystery. Drawing on Kober's own papers - only made available recently - Margalit Fox provides the final piece of the enigma, and along the way reveals how you decipher a language when you know neither its grammar nor its alphabet as well as the stories behind other ancient languages, like the dancing-man Rongorongo of Easter Island.

Cursive Handwriting Workbook for Adults - Learn Cursive Writing for Adults (Adult Cursive Handwriting Workbook) (Paperback):... Cursive Handwriting Workbook for Adults - Learn Cursive Writing for Adults (Adult Cursive Handwriting Workbook) (Paperback)
Scholdeners
R463 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Japanese in a Flash Kit Volume 2 - Learn Japanese Characters with 448 Kanji Flashcards Containing Words, Sentences and Expanded... Japanese in a Flash Kit Volume 2 - Learn Japanese Characters with 448 Kanji Flashcards Containing Words, Sentences and Expanded Japanese Vocabulary (Hardcover)
John Millen
R397 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R137 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tuttle is pleased to offer Tuttle Japanese in a Flash Volume 2, an excellent Japanese language learning resource for students of Japanese. Consisting of a complete boxed set of Japanese flash cards for Japanese word recognition, vocabulary building, review and recall, Tuttle Japanese in a Flash Volume 2 provides a full range of features to assist beginning and intermediate learners, especially when used in conjunction with Volume 1. Contains 448 flash cards presenting the most common Japanese words and phrases used in everyday speech. Related terms, frequently-used expressions and extended vocabulary are given for each item. Sample sentences demonstrate how to use each main entry. All vocabulary items are presented in Japanese script as well as their romanized form.

Medieval Islamic Pragmatics - Sunni Legal Theorists' Models of Textual Communication (Hardcover, Annotated Ed): Muhammad... Medieval Islamic Pragmatics - Sunni Legal Theorists' Models of Textual Communication (Hardcover, Annotated Ed)
Muhammad M. Yunis Ali
R3,085 Discovery Miles 30 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


One of the primary aims of the book is to explore and formulate several Muslim legal theorists' pragmatic theories, communicative principles and linguistic views, construct them in the form of models and set them within a general uniform framework.

Writing - Making Your Mark (Hardcover): Ewan Clayton Writing - Making Your Mark (Hardcover)
Ewan Clayton
R1,156 R861 Discovery Miles 8 610 Save R295 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Writing surrounds us in the modern world - but how did it develop into the systems we use today, and given the technological developments of the twenty-first century, what does its future hold? This beautifully illustrated book, published to coincide with an interactive landmark British Library exhibition, celebrates the act of writing from across the globe. Exploring the history of writing and including more than 150 illustrations from carved stone inscriptions and medieval manuscripts to samples of early printing, modern handwriting and digital inputting systems, it reflects on the use of writing over the last 5,000 years and challenges our preconceptions about writing's decline in the digital age.

A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus - The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC (Hardcover,... A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus - The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC (Hardcover, New)
Philippa M. Steele
R1,996 R1,855 Discovery Miles 18 550 Save R141 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This pioneering volume approaches the languages and scripts of ancient Cyprus from an interdisciplinary point of view, with a primarily linguistic and epigraphic approach supplemented by a consideration of their historical and cultural context. The focus is on furthering our knowledge of the non-Greek languages/scripts, as well as appreciating their place in relation to the much better understood Greek language on the island. Following on from recent advances in Cypro-Minoan studies, these difficult, mostly Late Bronze Age inscriptions are reassessed from first principles. The same approach is taken for non-Greek languages written in the Cypriot Syllabic script during the first millennium BC, chiefly the one usually referred to as Eteocypriot. The final section is then dedicated to the Phoenician language, which was in use on Cyprus for some hundreds of years. The result is a careful reappraisal of these languages/scripts after more than a century of sometimes controversial scholarship.

From Aardvark To Zuma (Paperback): Alex Latimer From Aardvark To Zuma (Paperback)
Alex Latimer 1
R100 R80 Discovery Miles 800 Save R20 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Beginning with 'Aardvark' and ending with 'Zuma' (with all sorts of animals, brands, characters, places and plants in between) this book captures and alphabetises the essence of South Africa.

A remarkable achievement for such a small book, don't you think?

The Korean Vernacular Story - Telling Tales of Contemporary Choson in Sinographic Writing (Hardcover): Si Nae Park The Korean Vernacular Story - Telling Tales of Contemporary Choson in Sinographic Writing (Hardcover)
Si Nae Park
R1,464 R1,285 Discovery Miles 12 850 Save R179 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As the political, economic, and cultural center of Choson Korea, eighteenth-century Seoul epitomized a society in flux: It was a bustling, worldly metropolis into which things and people from all over the country flowed. In this book, Si Nae Park examines how the culture of Choson Seoul gave rise to a new vernacular narrative form that was evocative of the spoken and written Korean language of the time. The vernacular story (yadam) flourished in the nineteenth century as anonymously and unofficially circulating tales by and for Choson people. The Korean Vernacular Story focuses on the formative role that the collection Repeatedly Recited Stories of the East (Tongp'ae naksong) played in shaping yadam, analyzing the collection's language and composition and tracing its reception and circulation. Park situates its compiler, No Myonghum, in Seoul's cultural scene, examining how he developed a sense of belonging in the course of transforming from a poor provincial scholar to an urbane literary figure. No wrote his tales to serve as stories of contemporary Choson society and chose to write not in cosmopolitan Literary Sinitic but instead in a new medium in which Literary Sinitic is hybridized with the vernacular realities of Choson society. Park contends that this linguistic innovation to represent tales of contemporary Choson inspired readers not only to circulate No's works but also to emulate and cannibalize his stylistic experimentation within Choson's manuscript-heavy culture of texts. The first book in English on the origins of yadam, The Korean Vernacular Story combines historical insight, textual studies, and the history of the book. By highlighting the role of negotiation with Literary Sinitic and sinographic writing, it challenges the script (han'gul)-focused understanding of Korean language and literature.

Breaking the Maya Code (Paperback, Third edition): Michael D. Coe Breaking the Maya Code (Paperback, Third edition)
Michael D. Coe
R445 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R86 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Third Edition of this classic account of the inside story of one of the major intellectual breakthroughs of our time - the last great decipherment of an ancient script - revised and brought right up to date with the latest developments. 113 illustrations bring to life the people and texts that have enabled us to read the Maya script. The original edition, which sold over 40,000 copies in English, was hailed as `a masterpiece that transcends the boundaries between academic and popular writing'. `Coe's thrilling account of the cracking of Mayan is like a detective story ... great stuff' - The Observer `Told with great vigour by Professor Michael Coe, who was himself involved; he offers an insider's story with strong views of the personalities, competence and abilities of some colleagues' - History Today `An entertaining, enlightening and even humorous history of the great searchers after the meaning that lies in the Maya inscriptions' - Anthony Burgess

JLPT Study Guide - The Comprehensive Guide to the JLPT Level N5 Exam (Free MP3 audio recordings and printable extras)... JLPT Study Guide - The Comprehensive Guide to the JLPT Level N5 Exam (Free MP3 audio recordings and printable extras) (Paperback)
Clayton MacKnight
R405 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R62 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Don't worry-there's no need to stress about JLPT test prep! As the founder of JLPTBootCamp.com-a test prep website with more than 300,000 annual visitors-Clayton MacKnight has helped tens of thousands of students to pass the JLPT N5 exam. Now, he's distilled his study resources and tips into a handy must-have volume for anyone prepping for this important language test. MacKnight's complete study package fully prepares the exam-taker by providing: Clear and simple grammar lessons with sample sentence patterns Printable vocabulary, Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji flash cards Over 300 sample test questions Three printable practice tests (all with answer keys and free online audio recordings for the listening portions) Exam-takers can stop worrying and take the uncertainty out of exam prep because the JPLT Study Guide shows them exactly what to expect-and how to pass the test with flying colors! The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is the standardized test taken by everyone who wants to study or work in Japan.

Every Girl's Alphabet (Hardcover): Luke Martineau Every Girl's Alphabet (Hardcover)
Luke Martineau; Kate Bingham; Created by Kate Holland
R363 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R68 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Japanese Made Easy - A situation-based guide designed to get you speaking simple Japanese from the very first day! (Revised and... Japanese Made Easy - A situation-based guide designed to get you speaking simple Japanese from the very first day! (Revised and Updated) (Paperback)
Tazuko Ajiro Monane; Revised by Yumi Matsunari
R362 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Japanese Made Easy is a complete self-study guide that allows readers to begin using simple, everyday Japanese vocabulary and sentences from the first day! This handy resource features: Practical exercises to teach you the 30 most common Japanese sentence patterns Notes on the key points of Japanese grammar, sentence structure and vocabulary A detailed glossary of Japanese words and an index of vocabulary and grammar Sentences for everyday social situations encountered by visitors to Japan In this completely revised edition, vocabulary and sentences are shown in Japanese script, as well as romanized Japanese and English. This book includes many new dialogues, cultural notes, illustrations and updated vocabulary.

Writing - Making Your Mark (Paperback): Ewan Clayton Writing - Making Your Mark (Paperback)
Ewan Clayton 1
R739 R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Save R167 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Writing surrounds us in the modern world - but how did it develop into the systems we use today, and given the technological developments of the twenty-first century, what does its future hold? This beautifully illustrated book, published to coincide with an interactive landmark British Library exhibition, celebrates the act of writing from across the globe. Exploring the history of writing and including more than 150 illustrations from carved stone inscriptions and medieval manuscripts to samples of early printing, modern handwriting and digital inputting systems, it reflects on the use of writing over the last 5,000 years and challenges our preconceptions about writing's decline in the digital age.

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