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The Decipherment of Linear B

John Chadwick (Downing College, Cambridge)

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Cambridge University Press
15 May 2014
Series: Canto Classics
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.
By:   John Chadwick (Downing College Cambridge)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   250g
ISBN:   9781107691766
ISBN 10:   1107691761
Series:   Canto Classics
Pages:   174
Publication Date:   15 May 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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.

Reviews for The Decipherment of Linear B

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


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