The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
  • The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
  • The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
  • The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
ISBN: 0691058873
EAN13: 9780691058870
Language: English
Pages: 576
Dimensions: 1.7" H x 8.5" L x 6.2" W
Weight: 2.05 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe? Until now their identity has remained a tantalizing mystery to linguists, archaeologists, and even Nazis seeking the roots of the Aryan race. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language lifts the veil that has long shrouded these original Indo-European speakers, and reveals how their domestication of horses and use of the wheel spread language and transformed civilization.


Linking prehistoric archaeological remains with the development of language, David Anthony identifies the prehistoric peoples of central Eurasia's steppe grasslands as the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European, and shows how their innovative use of the ox wagon, horseback riding, and the warrior's chariot turned the Eurasian steppes into a thriving transcontinental corridor of communication, commerce, and cultural exchange. He explains how they spread their traditions and gave rise to important advances in copper mining, warfare, and patron-client political institutions, thereby ushering in an era of vibrant social change. Anthony also describes his fascinating discovery of how the wear from bits on ancient horse teeth reveals the origins of horseback Read More chevron_right

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   Lost in the Indo-European Weeds
David W. Anthony's The Horse, the Wheel, and Language How Bronze- Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World is a long book that is not suitable for beginners. The first part of the book is about the reconstructed language of the descendant languages. Anthony gives a detailed overview of many, many, far too many archaeological Bronze Age sites. The sections are so similar that the urge to skim is great. The book went into the weeds. The author got caught up in detail and lost his enthusiasm.
 
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   Kinda ruined a fascinating subject.
He's an anthropologist. That's fine. He's sort of a jerk and gets lost in himself. I found his thesis to be agreeable but he never actually demonstrates it. Some presumptions are made about the people not being impressed. He did not buy my book. It's pretty typical of a lost- in- himself academic. I wouldn't recommend it if you don't need it for the class.
 
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