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by Barry B. Powell

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Author:
Barry B. Powell
ISBN13:
978-0521371575
ISBN:
0521371570
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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press; 1st Edition edition (March 29, 1991)
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Foreign Language Study & Reference
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This thesis is controversial.

This thesis is controversial. Composition by Theme in the Odyssey, Beiträge zur klassichen Philologie, 1974. Homer and the Origin of the Greek Alphabet, Cambridge University Press, 1991. A New Companion to Homer (with Ian Morris), E. J. Brill, 1995. A Short Introduction to Classical Myth, Pearspm, 2000. Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature, Cambridge University Press, 2003. Homer, Wiley-Blackwell, 2004, 2nd ed. 2007.

What caused the invention of the Greek alphabet? Who did it, and why? The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing systems to the use of alphabetic writing. Publisher: Cambridge University Press.

Who invented the Greek alphabet and why? The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing systems to the use of alphabetic writing.

While the idea is interesting, the evidence certainly is not definitive. I found the author's arguments unconvincing and hard to follow. However, the book is a good resource for old inscriptions, including some sexually explicit grafitti. The book also provides a good history of the early Greek alphabet and the the Cypriot syllabary. 17 people found this helpful.

The principal goals of the study were to articulate the scientific rationale and objectives.

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Who invented the Greek alphabet and why? The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing systems to the use of alphabetic writing.

Ian Morris is Professor of Classics at Stanford University.

What caused the invention of the Greek alphabet? .

What caused the invention of the Greek alphabet? Who did it, and why? The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing systems to the use of alphabetic writing.

What caused the invention of the Greek alphabet? Who did it, and why? The purpose of this challenging book is to inquire systematically into the historical causes that underlay the radical shift from earlier and less efficient writing systems to the use of alphabetic writing. The author declares his conclusion to be a possibly surprising one--that a single man, perhaps from the island of Euboea, invented the Greek alphabet specifically in order to record the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer.
  • Everyone in the world should read this book. We speak of the Internet so often and how it has changed everything so quickly … and supposedly there's never been anything that created such change so quickly and opened so many possibilities. But think of the alphabet - not writing - the alphabet. It made everything else possible. With the alphabet, we could create stories and written art that lived on. We could write history. And we could write poetry. The invention of the alphabet gave us culture and civilization.

  • Very interesting essay, even though it is a little questionable.

  • This book is a carefully thought out, scholarly presentation uniting a large sum of indirect but consistent evidence into one compelling theory about the origin of our alphabet. The author clearly indicates which conclusions are speculative, which more certain, but he is always persuasive and often fascinating. At the end, he even NAMES the inventor! A highly specialized work that may not be appreciated fully by more casual readers. Also of interest: The Muse Learns to Write by Havelock.

  • accurate investigation into the origin of the alphabet we use every day. top flight scholarship.

  • A fantastic look at the Greek Alphabet and how we got it.

  • I have to second the sentiment offered in another review here that the conclusions of the book appear very rapidly, suddenly and without clear evidence toward the end of the author's careful history on the development of Greek writing. The book begins at a great pace that introduces the reader to key concepts in linguistics necessary for understanding the author's thesis, but the historical evidence is nowhere clear tied to the conclusion that Homer had a hand in regulating the rise of the new standard in Greek written text.

  • This book's thesis is that the Greek alphabet was adapted by a single person in order to record Homer. While the idea is interesting, the evidence certainly is not definitive. I found the author's arguments unconvincing and hard to follow. However, the book is a good resource for old inscriptions, including some sexually explicit grafitti. The book also provides a good history of the early Greek alphabet and the the Cypriot syllabary.