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  • The Horse, the Wheel, and Language

  • How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
  • Written by: David W. Anthony
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Written by: David W. Anthony
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Roughly 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 of horses and use of the wheel spread language and transformed civilization.

Linking prehistoric archaeological remains with the development of language, David W. 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 spread 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 past.

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Excellent, well researched book

The sheer amount of research that went into this book is astounding. It presents its information in a fairly balanced way, and is not motivated by any ideology beyond what any writer brings to any text. Its a great starting place for anyone interested in understanding the clues that language and archeology leave us to try to reconstruct the past. It presents real evidence that current science can tell us about the past, and while that may be somewhat limited by the amount of evidence, and the bias to try to understand an ancient mind with a current one, it offers a lot more than unsupported guessing and theories masquerading as truth, as is all too prevalent. In the end, it can point to the wonder that is life, and help us understand that we are all interdependent with each other and our ancestors. I highly recommend this book.

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Brillant Book

I heard it end to end 2 times. The way in which the author has taken the readers / listeners through a journey in time from the Neolithic to the Late bronze age is without parallel. A must read/ hear for any person speaking the Indo European languages

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