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Lecture | LIAS Book event

From Single Sign to Pseudo-Script

Date
Thursday 18 April 2019
Time
Location
University Library
Witte Singel 26-27
2311 BG Leiden
Room
Vossius room

About the book
Writing is not the only notation system used in literate societies. Some visual communication systems are very similar to writing, but work differently. Identity marks are typical examples of such systems, and this book presents a particularly well-documented marking system used in Pharaonic Egypt as an exemplary case.

From Single Sign to Pseudo-Script is the first book to fully discuss the nature and development of an ancient marking system, its historical background, and the fascinating story of its decipherment. Chapters on similar systems in other cultures and on semiotic theory help to distinguish between unique and universal features. Written by Egyptologist Ben Haring, the book addresses scholars interested in marking systems, writing, literacy, and the semiotics of visual communication.          

Discussants:
-  Prof. dr. Jonathan Silk
-  Prof. dr. Ivo Smits

About the author
Ben Haring is a Senior University Lecturer of Egyptology at Leiden University. His recent publications include Decoding Sings of Identity (together with K.V.J. van der Moezel and D.M. Soliman, NINO, 2018), a book chapter in The Materiality of Texts from Ancient Egypt (edited by S. Gompel and F.A.J. Hoogendijk, Brill, 2018) and he has been involved as an advisor for the children's book on the origin of the alphabet; Van A tot Os (by Autobahn and Bette Westra, Gottmer Uitgevers, 2018).

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