The Man Who Deciphered Linear B
Title The Man Who Deciphered Linear B PDF eBook
Author Andrew Robinson
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Pages 185
Release 2012-01-02
Genre History
ISBN 050077076X

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First discovered in 1900, on clay tablets among the ruins of the Palace of Minos at Knossos, Crete, Linear B script remained a mystery for over fifty years until 1952, when Michael Ventris discovered that its signs did not represent an unknown language as previously believed, but an archaic dialect of Greek, more than 500 years older than the Greek of Homer. This book tells the life story of Michael Ventris, an intriguing and contradictory man, a gifted linguist but a divided soul, together with that of his remarkable decipherment of Linear B. Dubbed the Everest of archaeology, the decipherment was all the more remarkable because Ventris was not a trained classical scholar but an architect who had first heard of Linear B as a schoolboy. An initial fascination became a lifelong obsession.



Riddle of the Labyrinth
Title Riddle of the Labyrinth PDF eBook
Author Margalit Fox
Publisher Profile Books
Pages 273
Release 2013-07-11
Genre History
ISBN 1847659705

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The decoding of Linear B is one of the world's greatest stories: from the discovery of a cache of ancient tablets recording a lost prehistoric language to the dramatic solution of the riddle nearly seventy years later, it exerts a mesmerising pull on the imagination. But this captivating story is missing a crucial piece. Two men have dominated Linear B in popular history: Arthur Evans, the intrepid Victorian archaeologist who unearthed Linear B at Knossos and Michael Ventris, the dashing young amateur who produced a solution. But there was a third figure: Alice Kober, without whose painstaking work, recorded on pieces of paper clipped from hymn-sheets and magazines and stored in cigarette boxes in her Brooklyn loft, Linear B might still remain a mystery. Drawing on Kober's own papers - only made available recently - Margalit Fox provides the final piece of the enigma, and along the way reveals how you decipher a language when you know neither its grammar nor its alphabet as well as the stories behind other ancient languages, like the dancing-man Rongorongo of Easter Island.



The Decipherment of Linear B
Title The Decipherment of Linear B PDF eBook
Author John Chadwick
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Pages 177
Release 2014-05-15
Genre Foreign Language Study
ISBN 1107691761

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Revealing the secrets of Linear B uncovers fascinating details of an ancient civilisation.



How to Decipher the Byblos Script
Title How to Decipher the Byblos Script PDF eBook
Author Jan Best
Publisher LIT Verlag Münster
Pages 128
Release 2018-02-21
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN 3643909632

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How to Decipher the Byblos Script' reflects the lifelong research and publications by Dr. Jan Best. This volume brings together his most groundbreaking articles. At the center of the work of Dr. Best is his remarkable achievement of deciphering the Byblos Script. 0This could never have been achieved without the previous reconstructions of the Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A scripts, which are closely related to the Byblos Script. 0Here are the results of 40 years of frontier research quietly carried out behind the scenes of the scientific community. This publication for the first time discloses to the general public the impact of this research and makes its findings accessible to the wider public of the interested general reader and other specialists in this field. It represents the type of basic research fundamental to any scientific follow-up studies.



Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World
Title Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World PDF eBook
Author David Sacks
Publisher Infobase Publishing
Pages 433
Release 2014-05-14
Genre History
ISBN 1438110200

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Discusses the people, places and events found in over 2,000 years of Greek civilization.



Odysseus Unbound
Title Odysseus Unbound PDF eBook
Author Robert Bittlestone
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Pages 636
Release 2005-09-19
Genre History
ISBN 9780521853576

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Extraordinary story of the exciting discovery of the true location of Odysseus' homeland of Ithaca.



The Last Man Who Knew Everything
Title The Last Man Who Knew Everything PDF eBook
Author Andrew Robinson
Publisher Open Book Publishers
Pages 180
Release 2023-05-09
Genre History
ISBN 1805110217

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No one has given the polymath Thomas Young (1773–1829) the all-round examination he so richly deserves—until now. Celebrated biographer Andrew Robinson portrays a man who solved mystery after mystery in the face of ridicule and rejection, and never sought fame. As a physicist, Young challenged the theories of Isaac Newton and proved that light is a wave. As a physician, he showed how the eye focuses and proposed the three-colour theory of vision, only confirmed a century and a half later. As an Egyptologist, he made crucial contributions to deciphering the Rosetta Stone. It is hard to grasp how much Young knew. This biography is the fascinating story of a driven yet modest hero who cared less about what others thought of him than for the joys of an unbridled pursuit of knowledge—with a new foreword by Martin Rees and a new postscript discussing polymathy in the two centuries since the time of Young. It returns this neglected genius to his proper position in the pantheon of great scientific thinkers.