The Decipherment of Linear B

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Cambridge University Press, 1967 - Foreign Language Study - 164 pages
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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 Myceanean archaeology, uncovering fascinating details of the religion and economic history of an ancient civilisation.
 

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What appeared to be a dry read instead brought alive the amzaing personality of Michael Ventris. Read full review

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Contents

MICHAEL VENTRIS
1
THE MINOAN SCRIPTS
5
HOPES AND FAILURES
26
BIRTH OF A THEORY
40
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
67
THE DECIPHERMENT AND THE CRITICS
81
LIFE IN MYCENAEAN GREECE
101
PROSPECTS
134
POSTSCRIPT
141
MYCENAEAN TABLETS IN TRANSCRIPTION
158
INDEX
162
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