Riddle of the Labyrinth The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

ISBN-10: 0062228838

ISBN-13: 9780062228833

Edition: 2013

Authors: Margalit Fox
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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Prologue Buried Treasure
The Digger
The Record-Keepers
The Vanished Key
Love Among the Ruins
The Detective
American Champollion
A Delightful Problem
Splitting the Baby
The Matrix
"Hurry Up and Decipher the Thing!"
The Architect
The Hollow Boy
A Leap of Faith
"I Know It, I Know It"
Solution, Dissolution
Epilogue Mr. X and Mr. Y
Appendix: The Signs of Linear B
References
Notes
Acknowledgments
Picture Credits
Index
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