The Decipherment of Linear B Hardcover – 1 Apr 1970
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book was prepared for the general reader so does not require any great specialist knowledge. As such, it is heartily recommended to anyone with an interest in learning more about the topic. The story is made poignant by the tragic death in a road accident of Michael Ventris in 1956, a couple of years after the main events described. Chadwick's own sense of loss can be seen through the text.
My copy dates from 1961 so lacks the later postscript but, such was the quality of the original work by Ventris and Chadwick, the content remains relevant today in all its essentials.
The subject matter is both a fascinating intellectual journey and a tragedy, given that the person mainly responsible for the decipherment, Michael Ventris, died in a motor accident not long after his triumph. One wonders what he might have achieved had he lived: perhaps even a real contribution towards understanding the enigma of the Phaistos Disk, otherwise a happy hunting ground for a swarm of hopeful if mostly unconvincing "translators" ever since?
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Great book if you are interested in all details of this "decipherment". Easy to read.Published 18 months ago by Mats Naslund
I have no particular interest in linguistics or ancient history and came across this book by chance. Read morePublished on 24 April 2011 by RicardoWensleydale
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