Get the New Arlington Public Library App for Apple/Android 

The horse, the wheel, and language: how Bronze-Age riders from the Eurasian steppes shaped the modern world

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Princeton University Press,
Pub. Date:

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 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.

More Details
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 4acea813-4d71-eed3-8711-d5a873b19e1c
full_title horse the wheel and language how bronze age riders from the eurasian steppes shaped the modern world
author anthony david w
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-04-18 04:49:28AM

Solr Details

_version_ 1566093332178796544
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Anthony, David W.
author-letter Anthony, David W.
author_additional David W. Anthony.
author_display Anthony, David W
availability_toggle_arlington Entire Collection
callnumber_sort_arlington 950.1 ANTHO
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
date_added 2015-11-19T05:00:00Z
days_since_added 528
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
format_arlington Book
format_boost 10
format_category_arlington Books
grouping_category book
id 4acea813-4d71-eed3-8711-d5a873b19e1c
isbn 9780691058870, 9780691148182
item_details ils:.b13065476|.i20238162|Central Adult Nonfiction|950.1 ANTHO|||1|false|false|||||Due May 8, 2017|Mar 17, 2017|can||
itype_arlington Paperback
language English
language_boost 10
language_boost_es 1
lexile_score -1
lib_boost_arlington 10
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 950.1 ANTHO
local_callnumber_exact_arlington 950.1 ANTHO
local_callnumber_left_arlington 950.1 ANTHO
local_days_since_added_arlington 528
num_holdings 1
oclc (OCoLC)174129990
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
physical xii, 553 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
popularity 5
primary_isbn 9780691058870
publishDate 2007
publishDateSort 2007
publisher Princeton University Press,
rating 4
rating_facet fourStar, oneStar, threeStar, twoStar
record_details ils:.b13065476|Book|Books||English|Princeton University Press,|c2007.|xii, 553 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scope_has_related_records a, arlington, c, d, g, h, o, p, s, u, v, w
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13065476|.i20238162|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true|999||
subject_facet Animals and civilization -- Eurasia -- History, Bronze age -- Eurasia, Horses -- Eurasia -- History, Proto-Indo-European language
target_audience Adult
target_audience_full Adult
title The horse, the wheel, and language : how Bronze-Age riders from the Eurasian steppes shaped the modern world
title_display The horse, the wheel, and language : how Bronze-Age riders from the Eurasian steppes shaped the modern world
title_full The horse, the wheel, and language : how Bronze-Age riders from the Eurasian steppes shaped the modern world / David W. Anthony
title_short The horse, the wheel, and language :
title_sort horse, the wheel, and language how bronze-age riders from the eurasian steppes shaped the modern world
title_sub how Bronze-Age riders from the Eurasian steppes shaped the modern world