The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris

The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris
Title The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris PDF eBook
Author Andrew Robinson
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Pages 195
Release 2012-04-01
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0500770778

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“Highly readable . . . a fitting tribute to the quiet outsider who taught the professionals their business and increased our knowledge of the human past.”—Archaeology Odyssey More than a century ago, in 1900, one of the great archaeological finds of all time was made in Crete. Arthur Evans discovered what he believed was the palace of King Minos, with its notorious labyrinth, home of the Minotaur. As a result, Evans became obsessed with one of the epic intellectual stories of the modern era: the search for the meaning of Linear B, the mysterious script found on clay tablets in the ruined palace. Evans died without achieving his objective, and it was left to the enigmatic Michael Ventris to crack the code in 1952. This is the first book to tell not just the story of Linear B but also that of the young man who deciphered it. Based on hundreds of unpublished letters, interviews with survivors, and other primary sources, Andrew Robinson’s riveting account takes the reader through the life of this intriguing and contradictory man. Stage by stage, we see how Ventris finally achieved the breakthrough that revealed Linear B as the earliest comprehensible European writing system.




The Decipherment of Linear B

The Decipherment of Linear B
Title The Decipherment of Linear B PDF eBook
Author John Chadwick
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Pages 182
Release 1990-09-13
Genre Foreign Language Study
ISBN 9780521398305

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The story of Michael Ventris and his decipherment of the Mycenaean Linear B script.




The Riddle of the Labyrinth

The Riddle of the Labyrinth
Title The Riddle of the Labyrinth PDF eBook
Author Margalit Fox
Publisher Harper Collins
Pages 248
Release 2013-05-14
Genre History
ISBN 0062228889

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In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, linguistics, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative. When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years before Greece’s Classical Age, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe’s earliest written records. For half a century, the meaning of the inscriptions, and even the language in which they were written, would remain a mystery. Award-winning New York Times journalist Margalit Fox's riveting real-life intellectual detective story travels from the Bronze Age Aegean—the era of Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Helen—to the turn of the 20th century and the work of charismatic English archeologist Arthur Evans, to the colorful personal stories of the decipherers. These include Michael Ventris, the brilliant amateur who deciphered the script but met with a sudden, mysterious death that may have been a direct consequence of the deipherment; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the story whose painstaking work allowed Ventris to crack the code.




The Last Man Who Knew Everything

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.




Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthology

Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthology
Title Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthology PDF eBook
Author Rabindranath Tagore
Publisher Macmillan
Pages 436
Release 1999
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9780312200794

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Unlike previous Tagore collections that focus on a single genre, Dutta and Robinson's anthology offers a full range of Tagore's talents--a play, poems, songs, a novel, selections from his memoirs, travel writings, and essays--in one graceful volume.




Lost Languages

Lost Languages
Title Lost Languages PDF eBook
Author Andrew Robinson
Publisher
Pages 0
Release 2009
Genre Extinct languages
ISBN 9780500288160

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Undeciphered scripts have long tantalized the public, whether it's the possibility of hearing the voices of ancient peoples or the puzzle solver's taste for the challenges posed by breaking codes. Here, Andrew Robinson investigates the most famous examples, beginning with the stories of three great decipherments: Egyptian hieroglyphs, Maya glyphs, and the Minoan Linear B clay tablets. He then covers the important scripts that have yet to be cracked, such as the Etruscan alphabet and Rongorongo from Easter Island.




Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction
Title Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction PDF eBook
Author Andrew Robinson
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 177
Release 2009-08-27
Genre History
ISBN 0199567786

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"Starting with the origins of writing five thousand years ago, with cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs, Andrew Robinson explains how these early forms of writing developed into hundreds of scripts including the Roman alphabet and the Chinese characters. He reveals how the modern writing system we take for granted - including airport signage and electronic text messaging - resemble ancient scripts much more closely than we think." --Book Jacket.