The Local Scripts of Archaic Greece: A Study of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet and its…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byL. H. Jeffery, A. W. Johnston

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This is the only modern work to survey in depth the inscriptions of Greece before 403 BC. Since its first publication in 1961, the body of material available for study has increased substantially, and the size of the Supplement in this reissue is a clear measure of that growth. The new pagesare partly the work of Anne Jeffery, and partly that of her pupil Alan Johnston. The original text attempts to reconstruct, for Greek inscriptions from the eighth to the fifth centuries BC, a chronological system (divided tentatively into twenty-five year periods) similar to those already generally accepted for Greek sculpture and pottery. It includes surveys of the origin anddissemination of the alphabet among the city states, the development and content of early inscriptions, and the techniques of the craftsmen, followed by a discussion of the inscriptions of each state. Each section contains a list, with bibliography, of all significant inscriptions, while numerousphotographs and facsimiles of the inscriptions provide an important instrument of control. The approach is primarily archaeological, but account is taken also of the many historical, philological, and artistic problems involved. `This is a monumental, an altogether superb, book ... It is a book worth waiting for, a major work for reading and for reference, in its field incomparable, and a contribution to the history of our civilization.' Classical World

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This is the only modern work to survey in depth the inscriptions of Greece before 403 BC. Since its first publication in 1961, the body of material available for study has increased substantially, and the size of the Supplement in this reissue is a clear measure of that growth. The new pagesare partly the work of Anne Jeffery, and part...

L. H. Jeffery is at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198140614

ISBN - 13:9780198140610

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`This timely republication deserves the gratitude of all who have over the years profited from "Anne" Jeffery's work, and ensures its continuing influence and utility.'Times Literary Supplement