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The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code - Margalit Fox
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781781251324 (1781251320)
Publisher: Profile Books
Pages no: 363
Edition language: English
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Denise
Denise rated it
4.0 The Riddle of the Labyrinth
The pull of an undeciphered ancient script comes not only from the fact that its discoverer cannot read it, but also from the knowledge that once long ago, someone could. As someone who had no previous knowledge of the discovery of Linear B and the eventual deciphering of it, this book was absolute...
Tolle Lege!.
Tolle Lege!. rated it
5.0 The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
The author tells the story in three acts: the discovery of the tablets, the unsung heroine, Alice Kober, striving to crack the code, and the actual code cracker Michael Ventris. There's so much of human nature tied up in this story. You have the discover of the tablets, Arthur Evans, not wanting t...
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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady rated it
4.0 The Riddle of the Labyrinth
A very interesting book on how Linear B (one of three ancient scripts found on Crete - the other two, Minoan hieroglyphic and Linear A, remain a mystery, alas) was deciphered. Sir Arthur Evans, who discovered the ancient Minoan civilization at Knossos in 1900, gets three chapters. Alice Kober, an...
simonec
simonec rated it
4.0 The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
According to the book synopsis, The Riddle of the labyrinth is a "mesmerising archaeological detective story, brilliantly told in all its triumphant detail". I couldn't agree more. I'm very impressed by what Margalit Fox was able to do: she wrote about a highly technical topic, making it not only un...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
5.0 The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
Absolutely fascinating read. I loved how the author blended insightful character studies with reasonably complex linguistics. Instead of simplifying the science to meaninglessness, Fox builds up the methods of deciphering Linear B as people discover and use them, making the book both enlightening an...
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