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John Chadwick
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2 April 1970 0521095964 978-0521095969 2
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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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (2 April 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521095964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521095969
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,345,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In this present short book - lucid, concise and admirable - Chadwick tells us something of Ventris and his mind, and of the problems involved in the decipherment of Minoan-Mycenaean scripts. It is written for the layman and very well written. It is not only an account of a startling piece of philological and archaeological research, but a simple, moving human story.' The Spectator --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A popular account by an expert 8 Jun 2005
Format:Paperback
The decipherment of this ancient Mycenaean script from about 1400 BC was one of the great mystery stories of the 20th Century. John Chadwick is an expert in archaic Greek, who assisted Michael Ventris in deciphering the thousands of clay tablets discovered in the ruins of Knossos and Pylos. Ventris's demonstration that the language was an archaic form of Greek rocked the world of Ancient Greek history. In this book, Chadwick gives a popular account of the decipherment, somewhat light on the technical details of Ventris's discoveries, but with a good section on what the translated records show of Mycenaean society. The book was written in the 1950s but has a modern postscript which shows that most of the original findings still stand today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling detective story 31 May 2012
By R. Clay
Format:Hardcover
This book was recommended to me, and I read it in the early 1960s. I did not think it would appeal to me in the very least, but in fact I was enthralled by it as a brilliant detective story. I love the quote (from memory, so probably wrong), "How do you tell the Greek curator of a Greek museum that the mysterious language inscribed on this artifact in their care is actually - Greek ?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting and detailed book 8 Jun 2011
By Eper
Format:Paperback
This is a very well written book. However,I would only recommend it to those who have at least a good interest in codes; otherwise it will be a waste of money and time. But for those who bear a real enthusiasm for the topic will be able to better appreciate, understand and value the information it provides the reader with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top marks 24 April 2011
Format:Paperback
I have no particular interest in linguistics or ancient history and came across this book by chance. Top notch, very well worth reading for anyone who enjoys a study of imagination, perserverence and excellence. Not at all heavy going, as I as first feared it may be, and demonstrates that non-fiction can be just as enthralling and intriguing as any other literature.
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