ABSENT VOICES: THE STORY OF WRITING SYSTEMS IN THE WEST.

  • New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2004.
  • small 4to.
  • cloth, dust jacket,
  • 378 pages
  • ISBN: 1584561084
  • ISBN: 9781584561088

Price: $10.00  other currencies

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Absent Voices is unique among books that explore one of mankind's greatest achievements: the art of writing. Writing enabled communication by the absent; yet, beneath any communication system, so conspicuous that it is concealed, lies a culture's writing system. If there be no writing system, there be no books, no libraries and no world wide web. Not just a history, Rochelle Altman's work examines the complex unity of writing systems. Absent Voices is a "must read" for all biblical, classical, and medieval scholars as well as anyone interested in the fascinating history of the Western writing system, its origins, and the components that are the basis of the giant communication systems of today.