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Script and Society: The Social Context of Writing Practices in Late Bronze Age Ugarit

Author:   Philip J. Boyes
Publisher:   Oxbow Books
Volume:   3
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9781789255836


Pages:   320
Publication Date:   05 February 2021
Format:   Hardback
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Script and Society: The Social Context of Writing Practices in Late Bronze Age Ugarit


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By the 13th century BC, the Syrian city of Ugarit hosted an extremely diverse range of writing practices. As well as two main scripts - alphabetic and logographic cuneiform - the site has also produced inscriptions in a wide range of scripts and languages, including Hurrian, Sumerian, Hittite, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Luwian hieroglyphs and Cypro-Minoan. This variety in script and language is accompanied by writing practices that blend influences from Mesopotamian, Anatolian and Levantine traditions together with what seem to be distinctive local innovations. Script and Society: The Social Context of Writing Practices in Late Bronze Age Ugarit explores the social and cultural context of these complex writing traditions from the perspective of writing as a social practice. It combines archaeology, epigraphy, history and anthropology to present a highly interdisciplinary exploration of social questions relating to writing at the site, including matters of gender, ethnicity, status and other forms of identity, the relationship between writing and place, and the complex relationships between inscribed and uninscribed objects. This forms a case- study for a wider discussion of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of writing practices in the ancient world.

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Author:   Philip J. Boyes
Publisher:   Oxbow Books
Imprint:   Oxbow Books
Volume:   3
ISBN:  

9781789255836


ISBN 10:   178925583
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   05 February 2021
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Philip Boyes is Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. As part of the CREWS Project, he studies the social context of writing at late Bronze Age Ugarit, and he has previously worked on the archaeology of the east Mediterranean and Levant. He has co-edited two previous volumes in this series: Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets and The Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Practices.

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