Translators have invented alphabets, helped build languages and written dictionaries. They have contributed to the emergence of national literature, the dissemination of knowledge and the spread of religions. By describing the main areas in which translators have distinguished themselves throughout the ages, this book highlights their important contribution to society and the fundamental role they have played in the unfolding of intellectual history itself. Nearly fifty scholars from twenty countries have helped to compile this survey, which takes the reader through Europe, the Americas, and into Africa, India and China.
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