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Alpha Beta: How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World
John Man's literary-linguistic history traces some of the roots of writing and of the alphabet, relating them to the shaping of the Western World. He refers to numerous scripts: Egyptian hieroglyphs, hieratic, and demotic; cuneiform variants; early Canaanite and Sinaitic; some Hebrew and Greek; Etruscan and Roman. He attempts to relate the development of the alphabet to the progress of Western civilisation in general. In the proof of his thesis he fails ...
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