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Laocoön

Laocoön, the son of Acoetes, is a figure in Greek and Roman mythology. Laocoön was a Trojan priest of...

Prince Shōtoku

Prince Shōtoku, also known as Prince Umayado or Prince Kamitsumiya, was a semi-legendary regent and a politician of the Asuka period in...

Haggadot

After the Babylonian Exile in 587 bce, and again after the Romans crushed Jewish revolts in 70 ce and 135 ce, the...

Zhou Dunyi

Zhou Dunyi (AD 1017–1073), formerly romanized Chou Tun-i, was a Chinese Neo-Confucian philosopher and cosmologist born in present-day Yongzhou during the Song...

ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS

The vibrant luminosity of gold leaf, as it reflected light from the pages of handwritten books, gave the sensation of the page...

The Invention of Writing

THE INVENTION OF WRITING It is not known precisely when or where Homo sapiens, the...

Alphabets

ALPHABETS Early visual language systems, including cuneiform, hieroglyphics, and written Chinese, contained a built-in complexity. In each, pictographs had...

The Asian Contribution

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