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    DescriptionWhether it's the possibility of hearing the voices of ancient peoples or the puzzle solver's taste for the challenges posed by breaking codes, undeciphered scripts have long tantalized the public. Here, Andrew Robinson investigates the most famous examples, beginning with the stories of three great decipherments: Egyptian hieroglyphs, Maya glyphs, and the Minoan Linear B clay tablets. He then tackles the important scripts that have yet to be cracked. Perhaps the greatest challenge is the Indus script, the onl writing of the four "first" civilizations that cannot be read and a potential key to better understanding the impressive Indus Valley civilization. Then there are the Etruscans, builders of sensational tombs and the cultural conduit through whom the Greek alphabet reached Rome and the rest of Europe. Yet the language spoken by the Etruscans remains wrapped in mystery. And on isolated Easter Island, the Rongorongo script, inscribed on wood with sharks' teeth, has long been an irresistible magnet for ambitious scholars. The struggle to decipher these three scripts and six others--including the Phaistos disc of Crete and the Zapotec script of Mexico--is recounted with extraordinary depth and erudition in this wonderfully illustrated book. Lost Languages is an archaeological and linguistic detective story that will appeal to anyone interested in ancient peoples and the intricacies of language. Andrew Robinson's many books include The Story of Writing.


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    Title
    Lost Languages
    Subtitle
    The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 1,100 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780500288160
    ISBN 10: 050028816X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    Libri: I-HP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 480
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FOR033000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 411.09
    DC22: 411.09
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: P211 .R59 2009
    Thema V1.0: NHT
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps
    Publisher
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    06 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    A potent mix of academic esoterica, codecracking and controversy - the same giddy cocktail that made 'The Da Vinci Code' such a success, but with much greater scholarship.