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Palaeohispanic Languages and Epigraphies Synopsis

In addition to Phoenician, Greek, and Latin, at least four writing systems were used between the fifth century BCE and the first century CE to write the indigenous languages of the Iberian peninsula (the so-called Palaeohispanic languages): Tartessian, Iberian, Celtiberian, and Lusitanian. In total over three thousand inscriptions are preserved in what is certainly the largest corpus of epigraphic expression in the western Mediterranean world, with the exception of the Italian peninsula. The aim of this volume is to present the most recent cutting-edge scholarship on these epigraphies and on the languages that they transmit. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach which draws on the expertise of leading specialists in the field, it brings together a broad range of perspectives on the linguistic, philological, epigraphic, numismatic, historical, and archaeological aspects of the surviving inscriptions, and provides invaluable new insights into the social, economic, and cultural history of Hispania and the ancient western Mediterranean. The study of these languages is essential to our understanding of colonial Phoenician and Greek literacy, which lies at the root of their growth, as well as of the diffusion of Roman literacy, which played an important role in the final expansion of the so called Palaeohispanic languages.

Palaeohispanic Languages and Epigraphies Press Reviews

This book should certainly form part of all university libraries specialising in the ancient world and should be read by anyone who would like to be introduced to Palaeohispanistics or who has the desire to know the current state-of-the-art of this discipline. There is, indeed, no other monograph on the topic that is so exhaustive, up to date and accessible as this one, all at the same time. * Silvia Tantimonaco, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, The Classical Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780198790822
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Alejandro G. (Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology, Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology, Unive Sinner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 512 pages
Categories: Palaeography (history of writing), Historical & comparative linguistics, Ancient history: to c 500 CE, European history,

About Alejandro G. (Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology, Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology, Unive Sinner

Alejandro G. Sinner is Assistant Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology in the Department of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria. His research covers the social and cultural history of Roman Spain and the western provinces, and his publications include three books and over a dozen articles in peer reviewed journals exploring Iberian numismatics, pre-Roman languages in the Iberian peninsula, pre-Roman and Roman domestic and religious spaces, and the construction of identities and the processes of cultural change in colonial contexts. Since 2006 he has been digging at the ancient site of Ilduro (Cabrera de Mar, Catalonia) in ...

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