TTC - Writing and Civilization - From Ancient Worlds to Modernity (2013) | 669 MB
Can you imagine the world—or your life—without writing? From emails to street signs and newspapers to novels, the written word is so ever-present that we rarely stop to consider how it came to be.
Yet at just over 5,000 years old, writing is actually a relatively recent invention. It has become so central to the way we communicate and live, however, that it often seems as if writing has always existed.
Through writing, we gain knowledge about past cultures and languages we couldn’t possibly obtain any other way. Writing creates a continuous historical record—something an oral history could never achieve. And writing systems are integral to many cultural identities and serve as both a tool and a product of many important societal structures, from religion to politics.
The fundamental role and impact of writing in our civilization simply cannot be overstated. But the question remains: Who invented writing, and why?
Like any event from our prehistoric past, the story of writing’s origins is burdened by myths, mysteries, and misinformation. For the past two centuries, however, dedicated scholars have used rigorous methods to uncover a tale of intrigue, fascinating connections, and elegant solutions to the complex problem of turning language into text.
In the 24 visually intensive lectures of Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity, you’ll trace the remarkable saga of the invention and evolution of “visible speech,” from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age. Professor Marc Zender—Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and an accomplished epigrapher—whisks you around the globe on a thrilling journey to explore how an array of sophisticated writing systems developed, then were adopted and adapted by surrounding Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernitycultures.
Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity
Course No. 2241
Professor Marc Zender
Two MP3 audio files @ 128 Kbps, 44kHz.
Part 1 = Lectures 1 - 12, 6 Hrs
Part 2 = Lectures 13 - 24, 6 Hrs
01 What Is Writing?
02 The Origins and Development of Writing
03 Where Did Our Alphabet Come From?
04 The Fuark — A Germanic Alphabet
05 Chinese - A Logosyllabic Script
06 Japanese - The World’s Most Complex Script
07 What Is Decipherment?
08 The Five Pillars of Decipherment
09 Epigraphic Illustration
10 The History of Language
11 Proper Nouns and Cultural Context
12 Bilinguals, Biscripts, and Other Constraints
13 Egyptian - The First Great Decipherment
14 What Do Egyptian Hieroglyphs Say?
15 Old Persian—Cuneiform Deciphered
16 What Does Cuneiform Say?
17 Mycenaean Linear B — An Aegean Syllabary
18 Mayan Glyphs—A New World Logosyllabary
19 What Do the Mayan Glyphs Say?
20 Aztec Hieroglyphs - A Recent Decipherment
21 Etruscan and Meroïtic - Undeciphered Scripts
22 Han'gul, Tengwar, and Other Featural Scripts
23 Medium and Message
24 The Future of Writing
Dr. Marc Zender is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and a research associate in Harvard University’s Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Program. He earned his Honors B.A. in Anthropology from The University of British Columbia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary.
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