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alphabet

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

1. A particular sequential arrangement of a set of letters or other graphic symbols used to write a language in which these graphemes are used to represent the basic speech...

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art and architecture: Arabic

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

With the spread of Islam from the Arabian Peninsula westward across North Africa and into Spain in the century following the death of the prophet Muhammad in 630, new forms ...

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art and architecture: Islamic

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The term Islamic as it is often applied to art and architecture describes the art and architecture created for the service of Islam as well as secular art and architecture ...

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Babylon

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

An ancient city in Mesopotamia, the capital of Babylonia in the 2nd millennium bc under Hammurabi. The city (of which only ruins now remain) lay on the Euphrates and was noted by Classical...

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books

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

Books of the Hebrew Bible were scrolls, wrapped round rollers (Jer. 36: 2) and unrolled for the appropriate place (Luke 4: 17). Two hands were therefore required for reading them. The...

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Chinese ideograms

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics.

The word idéogramme was used first by the French linguist Jean‐François Champollion in 1822 to refer to Egyptian symbols: the French word idéographique was used to refer to Egyptian...

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communication technologies

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies.

1. Equipment (and associated techniques) directly used to enable interpersonal communication (both synchronous and asynchronous); and/or the mass media. This is not quite...

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cuneiform

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics.

Denoting or relating to the wedge-shaped characters used in the ancient writing systems of Mesopotamia, Persia, and Ugarit, surviving mainly impressed on clay tablets. The name comes...

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decipherment

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics.

The deciphering of obscure or obliterated parts of MSS or documents is rarely a simple process, and sometimes relies upon subjective conjecture (aided, however, by familiarity with...

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digital Media

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies — Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art.

An umbrella term often treated as synonymous with new media or computer-mediated communication. A distinction can be made between media which are based on encoded physical qualities such as...

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