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The riddle of the labyrinth: the quest to crack an ancient code

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In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, linguistics, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative. When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years before Greece's Classical Age, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe's earliest written records. For half a century, the meaning of the inscriptions, and even the language in which they were written, would remain a mystery. Award-winning New York Times journalist Margalit Fox's riveting real-life intellectual detective story travels from the Bronze Age Aegean--the era of Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Helen--to the turn of the 20th century and the work of charismatic English archeologist Arthur Evans, to the colorful personal stories of the decipherers. These include Michael Ventris, the brilliant amateur who deciphered the script but met with a sudden, mysterious death that may have been a direct consequence of the deipherment; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the story whose painstaking work allowed Ventris to crack the code.

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subject_facet Archaeologists -- Great Britain -- Biography, Archaeologists -- Greece -- Biography, Civilization, Mycenaean, Evans, Arthur, -- Sir, -- 1851-1941, Inscriptions, Linear B, Kober, Alice, -- 1906-1950, Ventris, Michael, Women linguists -- Biography
title_display The riddle of the labyrinth : the quest to crack an ancient code
title_full The Riddle of the Labyrinth The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code, The riddle of the labyrinth : the quest to crack an ancient code / Margalit Fox
title_short The riddle of the labyrinth :
title_sub the quest to crack an ancient code
topic_facet Archaeologists, Civilization, Mycenaean, Evans, Arthur, History, Inscriptions, Linear B, Kober, Alice, Language Arts, Nonfiction, Ventris, Michael, Women linguists