Riddle of the Labyrinth

Riddle of the Labyrinth The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation

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Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781781251331
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Profile Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 487.1
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xx, 363
Weight: 312g
Height: 137mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 25mm