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Palaeography (history of writing)

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The Gottschalk Antiphonary

The Gottschalk Antiphonary

Author: Lisa Fagin Davis Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/02/2000

Lisa Fagin Davis offers the first photographic reconstruction of the extant leaves of the Gottschalk Antiphonary, an important twelfth-century manuscript from the Austrian monastery in Lambach. The Gottschalk Antiphonary, which was dismantled for binding scrap in the fifteenth century, is examined from various angles - art historical, liturgical, and musical - and its contributions to the study of medieval drama and the long-term ramifications of the investiture controversy are explored. The manuscript is studied within the historical and political context within which it was created, in order to better understand the decisions which went into its production. In addition to a black-and-white facsimile of the recovered portion of the manuscript, the book includes a survey of the twelfth-century Lambach scriptorium and a detailed codicological reconstruction of the codex. Appendices of charts and tables demonstrate how the Gottschalk Antiphonary compares to other liturgical manuscripts from the same period.

How to Read Old Documents

How to Read Old Documents

Author: E.E. Thoyts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2000

From basic facts and methodology for the beginner, to styles of handwriting, abbreviations and contractions, period by period.

The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

Author: John Malcolm Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/1999

It is too often forgotten that every Assyrian historical inscription functioned in a very specific context. This context influenced its content and the way in which it was perceived by ancient viewers and readers. Russell's goal is to address the reconstruction of the context of these inscriptions in order to elucidate their original impact. In the past, the palace inscriptions, including Assyrian palace inscriptions, have been published in composite editions with little or no reference to the provenience of the individual exemplars; in addition, the original excavation reports often were more interested in the content of the inscriptions than in their locations. To achieve the objective of placing these inscriptions in their original contexts and thereby provide a base for further study of them, and stimulated by two seasons of renewed excavations at Nineveh during which he studied many inscriptions in situ, Russell returned to the British Museum and Layard's original, handwritten notes from the 19th century excavations at Nineveh-the goal being to catalogue fully and as completely as possible the individual inscriptions and their locations. The results of Russell's labors are here published, including the first publication of several shorter inscriptions. The book is lavishly illustrated, both with museum photos and with photos by the author of many of the inscriptions in situ. The book will no doubt be the basis of all further study of the relationship between inscription and context in the palaces of the Assyrian kings.

The Story of Decipherment

The Story of Decipherment

Author: Maurice Pope Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/1999

The desire to solve mysteries is as old as humanity and the spell of an unknown writing has always been particularly potent. This is a discussion of the contributions to the science of decipherment made by theorists such as Leibnitz and by brilliant practitioners of it from Champollion to Ventris. Maurice Pope examines the intellectual developments that lead to their outstanding achievements, and describes the process of decipherment, providing quotations from their original publications and many examples of their drawings, tables and diagrams. Among the scripts the author analyses are the Palmyra script, Sassanid Persian, Egyptian hieroglyphic, Persian cuniform, Akkadian cuneiform, the Cypriot syllabary, Hittitte hieroglyphic, the Ugaritic alphabet and Mycenaean Linear B.

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems

Author: Florian Coulmas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/1999

This is an encyclopedia of writing systems, scripts and orthographies of all the worlda s major languages, past and present. It provides both a fully illustrated description of over 400 writing systems and an account of the study of writing in many different disciplines, from anthropology to psychology.

Giles of Rome's De regimine principum

Giles of Rome's De regimine principum

Author: Charles F. (Georgia Southern University) Briggs Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/1999

From the time of its composition (c.1280) for Philip the Fair of France until the early sixteenth century, Giles of Rome's mirror of princes, the De regimine principum, was read by both lay and clerical readers in the original Latin and in several vernacular translations, and served as model or source for several works of princely advice. This study examines the relationship between this didactic political text and its audience by focusing on the textual and material aspects of the surviving manuscript copies, as well as on the evidence of ownership and use found in them and in documentary and literary sources. Briggs argues that lay readers used De regimine for several purposes, including as an educational treatise and military manual, whereas clerics, who often first came into contact with it at university, glossed, constructed apparatus for, and modified the text to suit their needs in their later professional lives.

Contexts, Intertexts and Hypertexts

Contexts, Intertexts and Hypertexts

Author: Scott Lloyd Dewitt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/1998

This collection studies the practical application of hypertext theory within the contexts of writing classrooms. Although it does not describe ways to teach writing with hypertext, many of the studies describe pedagogical practices that are drawn from classroom activities and research.

Contexts, Intertexts and Hypertexts

Contexts, Intertexts and Hypertexts

Author: Scott Lloyd Dewitt Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/1998

This collection studies the practical application of hypertext theory within the contexts of writing classrooms. Although it does not describe ways to teach writing with hypertext, many of the studies describe pedagogical practices that are drawn from classroom activities and research.

Authoring Books and Materials for Students, Academics, and Professionals

Authoring Books and Materials for Students, Academics, and Professionals

Author: Franklin H. Silverman Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/1998

Creating a book for the academic or professional market is a major undertaking-one that is likely to require an investment of hundreds of hours. This book offers a complete guide to the process, from weighing the costs and benefits of becoming an author, through negotiating a contract, to marketing the final book. The information, which is presented from an author's perspective, includes: selecting the most appropriate publisher(s) to which to submit a proposal, factors to consider when drafting a proposal, contract negotiation, joint collaboration agreements, time management and other writing tips, academically respectable ways to facilitate marketing, and working with the IRS.

Authoring Books and Materials for Students, Academics, and Professionals

Authoring Books and Materials for Students, Academics, and Professionals

Author: Franklin H. Silverman, Elisabet McHugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/1998

Creating a book for the academic or professional market is a major undertaking-one that is likely to require an investment of hundreds of hours. This book offers a complete guide to the process, from weighing the costs and benefits of becoming an author, through negotiating a contract, to marketing the final book. The information, which is presented from an author's perspective, includes: selecting the most appropriate publisher(s) to which to submit a proposal, factors to consider when drafting a proposal, contract negotiation, joint collaboration agreements, time management and other writing tips, academically respectable ways to facilitate marketing, and working with the IRS.

The Hidden Maya

The Hidden Maya

Author: Martin Brennan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1998

Handwriting in America

Handwriting in America

Author: Tamara Plakins Thornton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1998

Copybooks and the Palmer method, handwriting analysis and autograph collecting-these words conjure up a lost world, in which people looked to handwriting as both a lesson in conformity and a talisman of individuality. In this engaging history, ranging from colonial times to the present, Tamara Plakins Thornton explores the shifting functions and meanings of handwriting in America. Script emerged in the eighteenth century as a medium intimately associated with the self, says Thornton, in contrast to the impersonality of print. But thereafter, just what kind of self would be defined or revealed in script was debated in the context of changing economic and social realities, definitions of manhood and womanhood, and concepts of mind and body. Thornton details the parties to these disputes: writing masters who used penmanship training to form and discipline character; scientific experts who chalked up variations in script to mere physiological idiosyncrasy; and autograph collectors and handwriting analysts who celebrated signatures that broke copybook rules as marks of personality, revealing the uniqueness of the self. In our time, concludes Thornton, when handwriting skills seem altogether obsolete, calligraphy revivals and calls for old-fashioned penmanship training reflect nostalgia and the rejection of modernity.