||Empire of the Word: A Reader's Journey
Empire of the Word. UNAUTHORIZED
||Power of a Reader (3:35) -- Indispensable Written Word (4:03) -- Early Evidence of Writing (3:50) -- Epic of Gilgamesh (3:31) -- Protecting an Ancient Text (1:47) -- Origins of the Alphabet (2:05) -- Reading in Ancient Egypt (4:57) -- Libraries Shape National Identity (2:12) -- Literary Culture in Medieval Ireland (3:38) -- Centers for Learning (2:59) -- Liberation of the Individual Reader (2:00) -- Vernacular Interpretation of God's Word (1:30) -- Modern Day Use of Latin (2:31) -- Danger in Personal Interpretation (2:31) -- "The Year of Living Biblically" (3:48) -- Investment in Colombia's Children (4:08) -- Power of Readers (1:06)
||If writing is the beginning of history, reading is the beginning of civilization. In this program, host Alberto Manguel traces the history of literacy via the Lascaux caves of prehistoric France; ancient Mesopotamia, birthplace of cuneiform and home to the Epic of Gilgamesh; and Egypt both past and present, with its monumental libraries at Alexandria. He then addresses the powerful benefits and dangerous drawbacks of personal interpretation of religious texts and ends with issues of access to books in deprived areas of the world.
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|General note||Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 20, 2010.|
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|Interest grade level
||9 & up.
|Technical details||System requirements: FOD playback platform.|
|Technical details||Mode of access: Internet.|
|Language||Portions in other languages with English subtitles.|
|Source of description||Title from distributor's description.|
|Issued in other form||Originally produced: Rebel Media Ventures International., 2009.|
|Publisher number||42291s Films Media Group|
|Publisher number||42292 Films Media Group|