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The Decipherment of Linear B

The Decipherment of Linear B Author John Chadwick
ISBN-10 9781139953023
Release 2014-05-15
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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.

Linear B

Linear B Author
ISBN-10 OCLC:283279299
Release 1994
Pages 204
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Linear B has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Linear B also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Linear B book for free.

The Man Who Deciphered Linear B The Story of Michael Ventris

The Man Who Deciphered Linear B  The Story of Michael Ventris Author Andrew Robinson
ISBN-10 9780500770771
Release 2012-04-01
Pages 168
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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 Based on hundreds of unpublished letters, interviews with survivors, and other primary sources, Andrew Robinson’s riveting account takes the reader through the life of this intriguing and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.

Linear B and Related Scripts

Linear B and Related Scripts Author John Chadwick
ISBN-10 UOM:39015026842370
Release 1987
Pages 64
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Recounts the discovery of Minoan Linear B, explains how the ancient script was deciphered, and discusses two unsolved scripts, Linear A and Cypriot script.

Documents in Mycenaean Greek

Documents in Mycenaean Greek Author Michael Ventris
ISBN-10 9781107503410
Release 2015-05-21
Pages 488
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In this second edition of Documents in Mycenaean Greek, Chadwick examines how the study of the subject has expanded since 1953.

The Mycenaean World

The Mycenaean World Author John Chadwick
ISBN-10 0521290376
Release 1976-03-25
Pages 201
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Describes the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations that developed on the Grecian mainland and on Crete during the Late Bronze Age

The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean Author Eric H. Cline
ISBN-10 9780195365504
Release 2010-07
Pages 930
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The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean provides a comprehensive overview of our current understanding of the Bronze Age Aegean (ca. 3000-1000 BC) and describes the most important debates and discussions within the discipline. Presented in four separate sections within the Handbook, the sixty-six commissioned articles cover topics ranging from chronological and geographical to thematic to site-specific. The volume will be indispensable for scholars and advanced students alike.


Greek Author Geoffrey Horrocks
ISBN-10 1444318926
Release 2009-12-23
Pages 528
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Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers, Second Edition reveals the trajectory of the Greek language from the Mycenaean period of the second millennium BC to the current day. • Offers a complete linguistic treatment of the history of the Greek language • Updated second edition features increased coverage of the ancient evidence, as well as the roots and development of diglossia • Includes maps that clearly illustrate the distribution of ancient dialects and the geographical spread of Greek in the early Middle Ages

Riddle of the Labyrinth

Riddle of the Labyrinth Author Margalit Fox
ISBN-10 9781847659705
Release 2013-07-11
Pages 273
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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 Code Book The Secrets Behind Codebreaking

The Code Book  The Secrets Behind Codebreaking Author Simon Singh
ISBN-10 0375890122
Release 2002-05-14
Pages 272
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"As gripping as a good thriller." --The Washington Post Unpack the science of secrecy and discover the methods behind cryptography--the encoding and decoding of information--in this clear and easy-to-understand young adult adaptation of the national bestseller that's perfect for this age of WikiLeaks, the Sony hack, and other events that reveal the extent to which our technology is never quite as secure as we want to believe. Coders and codebreakers alike will be fascinated by history's most mesmerizing stories of intrigue and cunning--from Julius Caesar and his Caeser cipher to the Allies' use of the Enigma machine to decode German messages during World War II. Accessible, compelling, and timely, The Code Book is sure to make readers see the past--and the future--in a whole new way. "Singh's power of explaining complex ideas is as dazzling as ever." --The Guardian

Lost Languages

Lost Languages Author Andrew Robinson
ISBN-10 0500514534
Release 2009
Pages 352
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Beginning with the stories of three great decipherments Egyptian hieroglyphs, Minoan Linear B and Mayan glyphs Lost Languages moves on to dissect the most well-known and enigmatic undeciphered scripts from around the world. They include the Etruscan alphabet of Italy, the Indus Valley seal script, Rongorongo from remote Easter Island, the Zapotec script of Mexico (probably the first writing system in the Americas), and the unique Phaistos disc of Crete. Lost Languages reports from the front lines of scholarship where obsessions, genius, occasional delusion and sometimes bitter rivalry are de rigueur among those currently competing for the rare honour of cracking these ancient codes and giving voice to forgotten worlds.

A History of the Greek Language

A History of the Greek Language Author Francisco Rodríguez Adrados
ISBN-10 9789004128354
Release 2005
Pages 345
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"A History of the Greek Language" is a kaleidoscopic collection of ideas on the development of the Greek language through the centuries of its existence.

Cracking the Egyptian Code

Cracking the Egyptian Code Author Andrew Robinson
ISBN-10 9780199942909
Release 2012-05-01
Pages 272
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In 1799 Napoleon's army uncovered an ancient stele in the Nile delta. Its inscription, recorded in three distinct scripts--ancient Greek, Coptic, and hieroglyphic--would provide scholars with the first clues to unlocking the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, a language lost for nearly two millennia. More than twenty years later a remarkably gifted Frenchman named Jean-Francois Champollion successfully deciphered the hieroglyphs on the stele, now commonly known as the Rosetta Stone, sparking a revolution in our knowledge of ancient Egypt. Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Champollion, widely regarded as the founder of Egyptology. Andrew Robinson meticulously reconstructs how Champollion cracked the code of the hieroglyphic script, describing how Champollion started with Egyptian obelisks in Rome and papyri in European collections, sailed the Nile for a year, studied the tombs in the Valley of the Kings (a name he first coined), and carefully compared the three scripts on the Rosetta Stone to penetrate the mystery of the hieroglyphic text. Robinson also brings to life the rivalry between Champollion and the English scientist Thomas Young, who claimed credit for launching the decipherment, which Champollion hotly denied. There is much more to Champollion's life than the Rosetta Stone and Robinson gives equal weight to the many roles he played in his tragically brief life, from a teenage professor in Revolutionary France to a supporter of Napoleon (whom he met), an exile, and a curator at the Louvre. Extensively illustrated in color and black-and-white pictures, Cracking the Egyptian Code will appeal to a wide readership interested in Egypt, decipherment and code-breaking, and Napoleon and the French Revolution.

The Broadview Anthology of Poetry

The Broadview Anthology of Poetry Author Amanda Goldrick-Jones
ISBN-10 9781551110066
Release 1994-04-26
Pages 1000
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“The purpose of The Broadview Anthology of Poetry is to present a wide range of poetry written in English. [Though the poems are arranged chronologically], we have compiled not a historical survey, but rather a collection of poems that represent a variety of times, places and English-speaking cultures. Our selection process was guided by a wish to combine works long accepted as part of the English-language ‘canon’ with material not always well represented in anthologies—such as, most notably, the poetry of women since the seventeenth century… “Another notion implicit in the framing of this anthology is that English-language poetry has dramatically expanded within the last century. Writers in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, India, Africa and the Caribbean all hold in common with writers in Britain and the United States an English-Language tradition that helped to shape their history and their institutions, and that laid the groundwork for new writings… “In trying to include as wide a selection as possible of representative work…we have had to leave out several well-known long poems. In almost all cases, however, we have chosen to represent a poet by several poems, inviting readers to take a broader view of a given writer’s work and ways of thinking.” — from the Preface

Cambridge Contributions

Cambridge Contributions Author Sarah J. Ormrod
ISBN-10 0521597382
Release 1998-08-27
Pages 228
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A collection of non-specialist essays on Cambridge University's 'contribution' to certain key disciplines.

Think on My Words

Think on My Words Author David Crystal
ISBN-10 9781107617681
Release 2012-03-29
Pages 254
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So how can we better understand Shakespeare? David Crystal provides a lively and original introduction to Shakespeare's language, making his plays easily accessible to modern-day audiences.

Mr Tompkins in Paperback

Mr Tompkins in Paperback Author George Gamow
ISBN-10 0521447712
Release 1993-03-26
Pages 185
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The layman is introduced to modern physics when a personable bank clerk, interested in scientific matters, has fantastic adventures