Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity Unabridged (mp3) 12hrs
Narrated by: Professor Marc Zender (University of Calgary)
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
Publisher: The Great Courses
Can you imagine the world—or your life—without writing? From emails to street signs and newspapers to novels, the written word is so ever-present that we rarely stop to consider how it came to be.
Yet at just over 5,000 years old, writing is actually a relatively recent invention. It has become so central to the way we communicate and live, however, that it often seems as if writing has always existed.
Through writing, we gain knowledge about past cultures and languages we couldn’t possibly obtain any other way. Writing creates a continuous historical record—something an oral history could never achieve. And writing systems are integral to many cultural identities and serve as both a tool and a product of many important societal structures, from religion to politics.
The fundamental role and impact of writing in our civilization simply cannot be overstated. But the question remains: Who invented writing, and why?
Like any event from our prehistoric past, the story of writing’s origins is burdened by myths, mysteries, and misinformation. For the past two centuries, however, dedicated scholars have used rigorous methods to uncover a tale of intrigue, fascinating connections, and elegant solutions to the complex problem of turning language into text.
In the 24 visually intensive lectures of Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity, you’ll trace the remarkable saga of the invention and evolution of “visible speech,” from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age. Professor Marc Zender—Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and an accomplished epigrapher—whisks you around the globe on a thrilling journey to explore how an array of sophisticated writing systems developed, then were adopted and adapted by surrounding cultures.
This course answers many of the most common questions about the world’s writing systems and the civilizations that created them, plus a number of questions you may never have thought to ask.
Do all writing systems descend from a single prototype, or was writing invented independently?
What one feature do the world’s writing systems have in common?
Which kinds of signs and symbols qualify as writing, and which do not?
How is the digital age changing the way we write?
Along the way, you’ll visit the great early civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Japan, and the Americas, and you’ll see how deciphering ancient scripts is a little like cracking secret codes—only far more difficult.
书籍中文简介(Translated by 百度翻译)：
你能想象世界 - 还是你的生活 - 没有写作？从电子邮件到街头标牌和报纸到小说，这个书面文字是如此永恒，我们很少停下来考虑它是如何发生的。
通过写作，我们获得关于过去文化和语言的知识，我们不可能获得任何其他方式。写作创造了一个连续的历史记录 - 口述历史永远不可能实现。书写系统是许多文化认同的组成部分，既可以作为许多重要的社会结构的工具和产物，从宗教到政治。
一路上，你会访问埃及，美索不达米亚，中国，日本和美洲的伟大的早期文明，你会看到如何破译古代的脚本有点像破解密码 - 只是更困难。
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