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The Act of Writing – part 1 – Cuneiform tablets http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2015/01/13/the-act-of-writing-part-1-cuneiform-tablets/  I thought that in this new year, I would spend some time writing occasional articles exploring a few of the varied ways in which writing was captured in the ancient near east. Of course, there were comparatively few men – and even fewer women – who could actually read what had been set down...

The Act of Writing – part 1 – Cuneiform tablets http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2015/01/13/the-act-of-writing-part-1-cuneiform-tablets/ I thought that in this new year, I would spend some time writing occasional articles exploring a few of the varied ways in which writing was captured in the ancient near east. Of course, there were comparatively few men – and even fewer women – who could actually read what had been set down...

The end of the Bronze Age in the middle east http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/09/23/the-end-of-the-bronze-age-in-the-middle-east/ This post was prompted by a recent Facebook link concerning battle reenactment societies and the long sword. Quite an exciting thing in its own right, but my thoughts inevitably strayed earlier in time. The long sword is often linked with Viking or medieval times...

The end of the Bronze Age in the middle east http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/09/23/the-end-of-the-bronze-age-in-the-middle-east/ This post was prompted by a recent Facebook link concerning battle reenactment societies and the long sword. Quite an exciting thing in its own right, but my thoughts inevitably strayed earlier in time. The long sword is often linked with Viking or medieval times...

So when was Jerusalem attacked by the Israelites?http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/11/24/so-when-was-jerusalem-attacked-by-the-israelites/ One of the more obscure pieces of historical reconstruction of the Israelite settlement of the Canaanite hill country concerns the capture of Jerusalem. Part of the difficulty is that the traces of early accounts have been reworked and integrated into larger narratives...

So when was Jerusalem attacked by the Israelites?http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/2014/11/24/so-when-was-jerusalem-attacked-by-the-israelites/ One of the more obscure pieces of historical reconstruction of the Israelite settlement of the Canaanite hill country concerns the capture of Jerusalem. Part of the difficulty is that the traces of early accounts have been reworked and integrated into larger narratives...

"Historical dialogue and personal names" - one of an occasional series of blog posts on aspects of dialogue in fiction.  The picture is from Delos, Cyclades Islands, Greece

"Historical dialogue and personal names" - one of an occasional series of blog posts on aspects of dialogue in fiction. The picture is from Delos, Cyclades Islands, Greece

"Historical dialogue and habits of speech" - one of an occasional series of blog posts on aspects of dialogue in fiction.  The picture is from Delos, Cyclades Islands, Greece

"Historical dialogue and habits of speech" - one of an occasional series of blog posts on aspects of dialogue in fiction. The picture is from Delos, Cyclades Islands, Greece

"Historical dialogue and grammar" - one of an occasional series of blog posts on aspects of dialogue in fiction.  The picture is from Santorini, Greece

"Historical dialogue and grammar" - one of an occasional series of blog posts on aspects of dialogue in fiction. The picture is from Santorini, Greece

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