Grammatography a Manual of Reference to the Alphabets of Ancient and Modern Languages (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)

By Friedrich Ballhorn

Forgotten Books, 9781330811849, 82pp.

Publication Date: May 2, 2018

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Excerpt from Grammatography a Manual of Reference to the Alphabets of Ancient and Modern Languages

There are two main families of Cuneiform Characters which, before the expedition of Alexander the Great, were in use nearly in all Asiatic Countries, subjected to the (achze menides) Persian Kings. One of these, the Arian arrow-headed, is here given, and is a pure alphabet of fixed characters, which was made use the old Persians, proper, and is now read with tolerable accuracy. The other, however, not yet deciphered with sufficient certainty, was employed, with some modifications, by at least five different nations, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the medo-scythians (the second in the triglot inscriptions of Persepolis and Bisutun), the Susians and the Armenians. Almost in each of these five sorts of characters can be distinguished three styles, the Archaic, thelapidary, and the Cursive.

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