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The Decipherment of Linear B

The Decipherment of Linear B

2nd Edition


Part of Canto Classics

  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107691766

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  • The languages of the ancient world and the mysterious scripts, long undeciphered, in which they were encoded have represented one of the most intriguing problems of classical archaeology in modern times. This celebrated account of the decipherment of Linear B in the 1950s by Michael Ventris was written by his close collaborator in the momentous discovery. In revealing the secrets of Linear B it offers a valuable survey of late Minoan and Mycenaean archaeology, uncovering fascinating details of the religion and economic history of an ancient civilisation.

    • A nontechnical account of Michael Ventris's deciphering of Linear B
    • Complete with modern postscript, it offers a valuable survey of late Minoan and Mycenaean archaeology
    • Uncovers fascinating details of the religion and economic history of an ancient civilisation
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    Review of previous edition: '… not only an account of a startling piece of philological and archaeological research, but a simple, moving human story.' The Spectator

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107691766
    • length: 174 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Michael Ventris
    2. The Minoan scripts
    3. Hopes and failures
    4. Birth of a theory
    5. Growth and development
    6. The decipherment and the critics
    7. Life in Mycenaean Greece
    8. Prospects

  • Author

    John Chadwick, Downing College, Cambridge

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