Apr. 25th, 2009

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I'm just after doing some research at the Sterling Memorial Library, which turns out to be a very helpful institution.

As I was leaving, I noticed the stonecarvings above the main entrance--it's a Gothic Revival type building, and offhand I'd say it might date to somewhere between the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the First World War. Represented appear to be texts in Hebrew, Arabic or Persian, Greek, Chinese (looked like later-ish characters, rather than seal script), Mayan glyphs, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and something written in cuneiform.

I couldn't make any sense of the Greek--it looked like a copy of an ancient text, written all in capitals and without spaces between the words. Then again, I didn't have long to look at it. But something makes me think that somebody faculty-ish would have complained if either that or the Hebrew were only gibberish.

That said, what I was particularly wondering about was the cuneiform. Does it actually mean anything, or did they just put up a bunch of cuneiform because it looked cool?

Anyone have any thoughts? [livejournal.com profile] sovay?

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