Riddle of the Labyrinth

R 73.00   R 235.00

Subtitle: The Quest to Crack An Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation
Author: Margalit Fox
Publisher: Profile Books (2014)
ISBN-10: 1781251339
ISBN-13: 9781781251331
Condition: Very Good. Light wear to cover, edges and spine-ends.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 364
Dimensions: 19.5 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm

Weight: 0.32 kg


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.


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