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    DescriptionThe desire to solve mysteries is as old as humanity and the spell of an unknown writing has always been particularly potent. This is a discussion of the contributions to the science of decipherment made by theorists such as Leibnitz and by brilliant practitioners of it from Champollion to Ventris. Maurice Pope examines the intellectual developments that lead to their outstanding achievements, and describes the process of decipherment, providing quotations from their original publications and many examples of their drawings, tables and diagrams. Among the scripts the author analyses are the Palmyra script, Sassanid Persian, Egyptian hieroglyphic, Persian cuniform, Akkadian cuneiform, the Cypriot syllabary, Hittitte hieroglyphic, the Ugaritic alphabet and Mycenaean Linear B.


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    Title
    The Story of Decipherment
    Subtitle
    From Egyptian Hieroglyphics to Maya Script
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maurice Pope
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 640 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780500281055
    ISBN 10: 050028105X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: CFL
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HDW
    BISAC V2.8: LAN001000
    BIC subject category V2: HDA
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LAN023000
    DC21: 411.7
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 411/.7
    LC classification: P901 .P6 1999
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: NKX, NKA, CFL
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Publisher
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    28 July 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review text
    Mystery solving has always been one of our favourite pastimes and the decipherment of ancient scripts presents a vital key to further knowledge and great personal triumph to the decipherer. Pope has revised this superb study (and updated it with sections on the Carian script and Maya hieroglyphs) in which he assesses the work of contributors to the science of decipherment, using as his sources their original publications and examples of their drawings and tables. Scripts discussed include Egyptian hieroglyphs, Palmyra script, Persian cuneiform and Mycenaean Linear B, and with 126 illustrations and an extensive glossary of technical terms, you couldn't ask for a more comprehensive examination of an extraordinary subject. (Kirkus UK)
    Table of contents
    Part 1 The Egyptian hieroglyphs: through Renaissance eyes; the 18th century; from the Rosetta Stone to Champollion's Decipherment. Part 2 Cuneiform: Persian cuneiform; other cuneiform scripts. Part 3 Agean and Anatolian writing: the Cypriot syllabary; Hittitte hieroglyphic; Evans and the Aegean scripts; Kober, Ventris and Linear B. Conclusion - the history of writing.