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Nevertheless, her determination to convince the academic world of the validity of her ideas has not been easy. Eventually, it occurred to people that they didn’t actually need to put the tokens in an envelope at all, and could just impress the tokens onto the clay in order to keep track of the account. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. For instance, the name Lucas could have been written with two phonograms: Her book, How Writing Came Aboutwas listed by American Scientist as one of the books that shaped science in the 20th century.

Economic tablet dealing with quantities of textiles, from Uruk, Iraq, ca.

The single concept and revelation that in no way is the faculty of counting beyond three inate to brain function and hence, inate to our modern minds, is simply stunning to me, and adds a dose of gratitude to my daily life, a realization that makes it easier to laugh off the troubles of modern life. The Funerary Function sxhmandt.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Writing was modeling itself on the sound of speech. But the current volume the second half of which I read last night, while eating fancy crackers and drinking humble red wine–giving me a connection, I felt, to the agrarian Past of Sumer and Uruk, etc.


The seal bore an elaborate carved composition representing a funerary? A good read, especially when enjoyed with fancy crackers bessdrat red wine A note to readers: Her book, How Writing Came Aboutwas listed as one of the books that shaped science in the 20th century. The History of Counting. Around BC, as a mere bureaucratic formality, personal names began to be entered on economic tablets. And as McLuhan said it, this transforms us.

King recalls bseserat a graduate bessetat on the origins of writing with her back in the s. This served as the earliest type of written sign. Younger, less internationally acclaimed scholars have superseded her in salary and honors. Denise Schmandt-Besserat’s great discovery — that the origins of writing are actually found in counting — began, as most such groundbreaking work does, with a seemingly unrelated pursuit. The Mesopotamians further held that personal names were the essence of an individual.

I’m very proud of having thought through these problems like nobody had before. Terribly boring book to read; history is supposed to be exciting, but this book is just an awful waste of time.

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Making a tablet took only molding a lump of clay into a plain cushion shape. Tokens from Jarmo, Iraq, BC. This page was last edited on 13 Septemberat Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Her early education was at the hands of tutors.

Early farmers of the Near East invented a system of small tokens to count and account for the goods they produced. Schmandt-Besserat’s innovation in conjunction with academia’s resistance to the new has led to the occasional quarrel. For example, after Inanna gave birth, she also became known as Ishara. Regardless of the whys and wherefores of her acclaim or lack thereof, Schmandt-Besserat has continued to toil away in her Art Building office at UT and in museums and archeological sites all over the Middle East.


Among these artifacts, small alabaster inscribed statues, 10—30 cm high, were recovered in the ruins of temples in Near Eastern sites such as Nippur or Mari. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Schmandt-Besserat says she has come to like the Lone Star state since she arrived inparticularly the rugged landscape. The funerary texts from Ur inscribed with personal names opened a new avenue for writing. Marduk, the mightiest god of the Babylonian pantheon, had no less than fifty names to express, or rather, define his greatness. She also shows how, reciprocally, art played a crucial role in the evolution of writing from a mere accounting system to literature when funerary and votive inscriptions started to be featured on art senise.

And it was your destiny not only during your lifetime, but also after life. besseray

You know it already when you go to school. The inscription on the statue of Nani formulated a full sentence emulating the syntax of speech. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try your request again later. The Name in Mesopotamia Significantly, Mesopotamia had a particular understanding of names.

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Hale expresses relief that she has stayed a decision he attributes to the high caliber of her colleagues and to Austin, a nice place to workbut acknowledges that Schmandt-Besserat certainly should, along with several other people in the department, be holding an endowed chair.

Zettler and Lee Horne, Eds. Impressed tablet from Godin Tepe, Iran, ca. The early city states still used tokens to control the levy of dues. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

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