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Writing Around the Ancient Mediterranean (Hardback)

Practices and Adaptations

P&S History > Archaeology > Archaeological Method & Theory P&S History > Humanities > Language & Literature

Edited by Philip J. Boyes, Edited by Philippa M. Steele
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Contexts of and Relations Between Early Writing Systems
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781789258509
Published: 15th August 2022
Casemate UK Academic



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Writing in the ancient Mediterranean existed against a backdrop of very high levels of interaction and contact. In the societies around its shores, writing was a dynamic practice that could serve many purposes – from a tool used by elites to control resources and establish their power bases to a symbol of local identity and a means of conveying complex information and ideas.


This volume brings together contributions by members of the Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS) research team and visiting fellows, offering a range of different perspectives and approaches to problems of writing in the ancient Mediterranean. Their focus is on practices, viewing writing as something that people do within a wider social and cultural context, and on adaptations, considering the ways in which writing changed and was changed by the people using it.

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