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The Horse the Wheel and Language How Bronze Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World reader ñ 568 pages Download Ì johnscyclingdiary Ï [Download] ➻ The Horse the Wheel and Language How BronzeAd 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 riding The Horse the Wheel and Language solves a puzzle that has vexed scholars for two centuries the source of the Indo European languages and English and recovers a magnificent and influential civilization from the pa Makes the case for the Indo Europeans coming out of the region just north of the Black Sea I don't know if I buy it or not The author marshalls a lot of linguistic and archeological evidence to make his case but with a people who left no writing and some metal trinkets behind there is room for tons of interpretation There does seem to be something about the wide swath of linguistic root words from India to Ireland that suggest a common origin but a tribe of people from the Black Sea being the ancestors of a big chunk of Eurasia is a bit of a stretch Still the picture is fascinating

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F 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 spre Indo European languages are now some of the most widely spoken languages in the world The Indo European languages and the cultures and traditions associated with them which have influenced most of the world have come from a shared source known as proto Indo European languageThe main purpose of the book is to trace the proto Indo European and its evolution through a study of philological and archaeological sources The author here makes the case for the Pontic Caspian steppes as the homeland of proto Indo European language based on linguistic and archaeological evidences The first part was very fascinating It deals with the linguistic part where the author discusses the various techniues of reconstructing the proto Indo European language and how the language can throw some important light on the culture and traditions of the speakers of the languageThe second part deals with the archaeological sites of various Bronze Age cultures in the Pontic Caspian steppes This was a bit difficult to go through because of my lack of knowledge in eastern European geography and the amount of detailed information we are given regarding the various archaeological sites The author provides us a lot of data numbers and graphs regarding the pottery animal bones burial postures etc Rather too many of those details making it a little confusingOn the whole this is a very well researched and informative work with extensive footnotes and bibliography that takes on a fascinating journey through the Bronze age cultures and does a good job of showing how the Proto Indo European and it's daughter languages might have spread

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The Horse the Wheel and Language How Bronze Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern WorldRoughly 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 o One of the things I did in grad school was to become a Proto Indo European otaku a long lonely voyage into the dark and uncharted seas of PIE myth via a marriage of philological and structural takes on mythology I did this because I was amused by facts such as the following a the English word sweat and its Sanskrit cognate svet are practically homophonic; b Erin the ancient name for Ireland is a cognate of the Persian word Iran and of the Vedic Sanskrit word Aryan the 'race' that inspired Hitler; c blonde blue eyed Lithuanians speak a language closer to India's primordial tongue Sanskrit than is any other European language To witEnglishGod gave us teeth; God will give us bread Lithuanian Dievas dave dantis; Dievas duos ir duonasSanskrit Devas adat datas; Devas dasyati dhanas In fact it was the contemplation of such puzzles that led humans to discover language families and thus cognates If you imagine that understanding a cultural continuum spanning a swath of geography stretching from ancient India to ancient Ireland might have some bearing on your understanding of your own cultural roots this volume though not for sissies might begileScientific update