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This endlessly fascinating and informative book traces the origins of the Roman alphabet from the Sinaitic peoples in approximately 1500 BC to our modern English alphabet today. Each letter's written development is shown, from Sinaitic to Phoenician to Early Greek to Classical Greek to Roman. The original meaning of each letter, what they were called, the switches in pronunciation, and even when they were taken out, replaced, and reinstated, is all covered in simple, easy to understand text that creates a story out of the words we use everyday. Illustrations highlight how people might have once seen letters, and give insight into their ancient lives. The history of the alphabet-and paper, printing, and the language of mankind--has never been so readily understandable and engrossing. 48 pages, softcover.
Bold collage illustrations and clear prose trace the origins of our familiar letters. From the proto-Sinaitic peoples, through the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, this book follows the development of the Roman alphabet.
Includes sidebar information on punctuation, writing materials, the technology of printing, and more.
Don Robb began his second career in educational publishing after seven years as a teacher. After graduating from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he studied history and political science, Don taught Spanish, French, and English as a second language at the high school level in Toledo, Ohio, then later at a junior high school in Hackensack, New Jersey.
His first job in publishing was as a foreign language consultant for Holt, Rinehart. He went on to serve in a variety of editorial and marketing capacities there, and at Houghton Mifflin Co., where he became a vice president. He left that position to join Charlesbridge (then Mastery Education Corporation) in 1981.
Don is an avid reader and a writer. His particular interests are history--especially American history--science non-fiction, and mysteries.