The Alphabet: An Account of the Origin and Development of Letters, Volume 2

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K. Paul, Trench & Company, 1883 - Alphabet
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Page 110 - It is only within the last two or three years that the subject has attracted the notice of British scientific men.
Page 193 - Slavonic tongue by means of Greek and Latin letters. But how could they write well in Greek letters such words as Bog, Zhivot, Zelo, or Tserkov, and others like these ? And so many years passed by. But then God, loving the human race, had pity on the Slavonians, and sent them St.
Page 221 - Opinions vary as to the origin of this alphabet. Bishop Graves and Professor Rhys are in favour of the Latin alphabet. Isaac Taylor, on the other hand, a weighty authority, and for weighty reasons, connects it with the Scandinavian runes. He says, " That the Oghams were derived from the runes is indicated by the fact that they are found exclusively in regions where Scandinavian settlements were established, and also by the fact that the names of the Oghams agree curiously with the names of the runes...
Page 15 - Branchida), near Miletus. They are all earlier than the Persian war, and are assigned to the 6th century BC Of about the same date is the celebrated Sig;ean inscription from the Troad, now in the British Museum.
Page 285 - Bold, simple, grand, complete, the characters are easy to remember, facile to read, and difficult to mistake, representing with absolute precision the graduated niceties of sound which the phonetic analysis of Sanskrit grammarians had discovered in that marvellous idiom. None of the artificial alphabets which have been proposed by modern phonologists excel it in delicacy, ingenuity, exactitude, and comprehensiveness.
Page 52 - Let there be an alliance for one hundred years commencing from this year. If there be need of conference or action, let the two States unite both for war and all other matters. Those who will not join shall pay a fine of a silver talent to the Olympian Zeus. If any, whether citizen, magistrate, or dome, destroy what is here inscribed, the offending party shall be subjected to the fine here specified.
Page 259 - Spain, from whence during the 1 2th and 1 3th centuries they spread over Europe, not, however, without considerable opposition. The bankers of Florence, for example, were forbidden, in 1299, to use them in their transactions, and the Statutes of the University of Padua ordain that the stationer should keep a list of the books for sale with the prices marked " non per cifras, sed per literas claras.
Page 120 - It is now admitted that the primitive art, the mythology, and the metrical standards of Asia Minor, were to a great extent obtained from the Hittites, and the independent system of picture-writing which they possess, offers an obvious source from which the Asianic syllabary might have been obtained.
Page 311 - Pass; her Southern Alphabet, that of the Inscriptions on the Western coast, as manifestly must have come by sea. Now, from the tenth to the third century BC Yemen was the great central mart, in which Indian products were exchanged for the merchandize of the West. For a prolonged period this lucrative traffic was in the hands of the Sabeans, and was the main source of their proverbial opulence. The trade between Egypt and Yemen began as early as 2300 BC, that between Yemen and India was established...
Page 118 - JEgean, and, like the Babylonians and the Egyptians, they possessed a culture, an art, and a script peculiar to themselves, and plainly of indigenous origin.

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