Early Civilization and Literacy in Europe: An Inquiry Into Cultural Continuity in the Mediterranean World

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Walter de Gruyter, 1996 - History - 207 pages
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Contents

Preface
3
Iconography symbolism and writing at the dawn of civilization Old Europe
11
The organizing principles of Old European writing Motivated and arbitrary
31
Writing from Old Europe to ancient Crete A case of cultural continuity
49
Literacy in ancient Crete On the social functions of linear and hieroglyphic
87
Writing systems in the multilingual society
109
The spread of European writing beyond ancient Cyprus The influence
117
The impact of Aegean culture on the western periphery The case of the Lipari
147
Giving profile to a new paradigm for research into antiquity
175
Bibliography
183
Index 391
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Harald Haarmann Ph.D., born in 1946, is a German linguist and cultural scientist living and working in Finland. He obtained his Ph.D. in Bonn (1970) and his Habilitation (qualification at professorship level) in Trier (1979). He has taught and conducted research at several German and Japanese universities, and is a member of the Research Centre on Multilingualism in Brussels. Since 2003, he has been Vice-President of the Institute of Archaeomythology (with headquarters in Sebastopol, California) in addition to being director of its European branch (based in Luumaki, Finland). Harald Haarmann is the author of more than 40 books in German, English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Among his awards are the «Prix Logos, 1999 (France), the «American Medal of Honor, 2002 (USA), and the «Plato Award, 2006 (UK).

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