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By E. H. Gombrich

In 1935, with a doctorate in artwork heritage and no prospect of a task, the 26-year-old Ernst Gombrich was once invited by means of a publishing acquaintance to aim a heritage of the realm for more youthful readers. Amazingly, he accomplished the duty in an severe six weeks, and Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser was released in Vienna to speedy good fortune, and is now on hand in seventeen languages around the world.
Toward the top of his lengthy existence, Gombrich embarked upon a revision and, finally, an English translation. A Little heritage of the realm presents his vigorous and regarding historical past to English-language readers for the 1st time. beautifully designed and freshly illustrated, this can be a e-book to be savored and collected.
In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photograph of wars and conquests, grand artistic endeavors, and the unfold and boundaries of technology. this can be a textual content ruled now not by means of dates and proof, yet by means of the sweep of mankind’s adventure around the centuries, a consultant to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.
The manufactured from a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the whole span of human history.

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In fact, learning this sort of writing must have been incredibly hard, as it’s more like constructing a picture puzzle. If they wanted to write the name of their god, Osiris, they would draw a throne ( ), which was pronounced ‘Oos’, and an eye ( ), which was pronounced ‘iri’, so that the two together made ‘Os-iri’. And to make sure that no one thought they meant ‘Throne-eye’, they often drew a little flag like this beside it ( ). Which meant that person was a god. In the same way that Christians used to draw a cross after a name, if they wanted to show that that person was dead.

In this way, it seems, for thirty years, some hundred thousand people toiled for the pharaoh, whenever they weren’t working in the fields. And when they grew tired, the king’s overseer was sure to drive them on with his hippopotamus-skin whip, as they dragged and heaved those immense loads, all for their king’s tomb. 12                       Perhaps you’re wondering why the pharaoh should want to build such a gigantic tomb? It was all part of his religion. The Egyptians believed in many gods.

The story of Noah and the Flood is also set in Mesopotamia. A number of clay tablets have been dug up, inscribed with cuneiform script telling a story very similar to the one in the Bible. One of Abraham of Ur’s descendants (the Bible tells us) was Joseph, son of Jacob, whose brothers took him to Egypt and sold him, despite which he became a counsellor and minister to the pharaoh. You may know how the story goes on: how there was a famine throughout the land, and how Joseph’s brothers travelled to Egypt to buy corn.

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