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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fullest resource for ancient languages in a single volume, 14 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages (Hardcover)
A most useful work of reference. Notable absences are Old Turkic, Bactrian and Sogdian, but what is here is of great value. Some sections - notably the entry for Old South Arabian - are as useful as anything else published. The various entries are thankfully also published as a series of much more affordable paperback volumes covering specific groupings:

The Ancient Languages of Europe
The Ancient Languages of Asia Minor
The Ancient Languages of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Aksum
The Ancient Languages of Syria-Palestine and Arabia
The Ancient Languages of Asia and the Americas

To get a fuller idea of the contents, the individual volumes contain Amazon previews.

Since the publishers don't see fit to provide a preview for the main book, however, here's the table of contents from their website to give an idea of coverage:

1. Introduction - Roger D. Woodard
2. Sumerian - Piotr Michalowski
3. Elamite - Matthew W. Stolper
4. Hurrian - Gernot Wilhelm
5. Urartian - Gernot Wilhelm
6. Afro-Asiatic - John Huehnergard
7. Egyptian and Coptic - Antonio Loprieno
8. Akkadian and Eblaite - John Huehnergard and Christopher Woods
9. Ugaritic - Dennis Pardee
10. Hebrew - P. Kyle McCarter, Jr.
11. Phoenician and Punic - Jo Ann Hackett
12. Canaanite Dialects - Dennis Pardee
13. Aramaic - Stuart Creason
14. Ge'ez (Aksum) - Gene Gragg
15. Old South Arabian - Norbert Nebes and Peter Stein
16. Ancient North Arabian - M. C. A. Macdonald
17. Indo-European - Henry M. Hoenigswald and J. P. T. Clackson
18. Hittite - Calvert Watkins
19. Luvian - H. Craig Melchert
20. Palaic - H. Craig Melchert
21. Lycian - H. Craig Melchert
22. Lydian - H. Craig Melchert
23. Carian - H. Craig Melchert
24. Attic Greek - Roger D. Woodard
25. Greek Dialects - Roger D. Woodard
26. Sanskrit - Stephanie W. Jamison
27. Middle Indic - Stephanie W. Jamison
28. Old Persian - Rüdiger Schmitt
29. Avestan - Mark Hale
30. Pahlavi - Mark Hale
31. Phrygian - Claude Brixhe
32. Latin - J. P. T. Clackson
33. Sabellian - Rex E. Wallace
34. Venetic - Rex E. Wallace
35. Continental Celtic - Joseph F. Eska
36. Gothic - Jay H. Jasanoff
37. Early Northwest Germanic - Jan Terje Faarlund
38. Classical Armenian - J. P. T. Clackson
39. Etruscan - Helmut Rix
40. Early Georgian - Kevin Tuite
41. Ancient Chinese - Alain Peyraube
42. Old Tamil - Sanford B. Steever
43. Mayan - Victoria R. Bricker
44. Epi-Olmec - Terrence Kaufman and John Justeson
45. Reconstructed Ancient Languages - Don Ringe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True scholarship, 18 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages (Hardcover)
This is a work of great scholarship which combines thoroughness with accessibility. No one can have a thorough knowledge of the linguistic structure of more than a few languages and this work allows sufficient familiarity with all the main language groups to be gained easily and entertainingly. Perhaps an enhanced section on palaeo-linguistics might improve the scholarly context.
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