The Decipherment of Linear B
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 Mycenaean archaeology, uncovering fascinating details of the religion and economic history of an ancient civilisation.
- Electronic book text
- 22 May 2014
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
- 20 b/w illus.
Review of previous edition: '... not only an account of a startling piece of philological and archaeological research, but a simple, moving human story.' The Spectator
Table of contents
Illustrations; Preface; 1. Michael Ventris; 2. The Minoan scripts; 3. Hopes and failures; 4. Birth of a theory; 5. Growth and development; 6. The decipherment and the critics; 7. Life in Mycenaean Greece; 8. Prospects; Postscript; Appendix; Index.