The British Library:
Lawrence K Lo is a great site for getting an overview of writing systems
and their history.
An animated view of the evolution of alphabets. (This page is part of the
course material for "History of the Alphabets" taught by Prof. RobertFradkin
at University of Maryland.)
Online Museum outreach project at Emory University has a simple description,
illustrations and games for writing systems in the ancient world: Near
(The Rome entry includes a page on the Roman contribution of the codex
to book making
(vs. the scroll).
Cornell University: Paper,
Leather, Clay and Stone - the Written Word Materialized
Design: Art of Arabic Calligraphy
Library Initiative (a joint project of the University of California
at Los Angeles and the Max Planck Institute for the Hisotry of Science)
has extensive images and educational background on cuneiform.
University of Pennsylvania's Write
like a Babylonian game translates your monogram into cuneiform.
British Museum's student's site on writing in MesopotamiaAs you might expect, the British Museum has a well-annotated classroom site on the history or cuneiform with lots of images from their collection.
Chinese WritingBallad of Mulan Students can see a primary source for the familiar Disney Movie, Mulan. http://orias.berkeley.edu/mapping/scripts/Mulan.htm
China the Beautiful
is one of my favorite sites on the Web for Chinese calligraphy. They also have
a great page on printing.
U. C. Berkeley collection
of rubbings offers visual examples of calligraphy
CyrillicAncientScripts.Com page on Cyrillic
|Rome and Western Europe
Writing: History, Heritage and Data Source by Dr Dianne Tillotson is
a friendly resource for Western European medieval handwriting as well as
background on the Roman era. I advise going to the site map and checking
out the various scripts and exercises. In the exercises Dr. Tillotson uses
interactive demonstrations to identify familiar letters in different historic
There are a lot of good sites for manuscript images available on-line.
One place to start is the British Museum.
Sanskrit Letters and Numbers from UK India Sanskrit lesson site at http://www.ukindia.com/zip/zsan01.htm
and Scripts of India is a useful reference site for links to historical
development and images.
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