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The Story of Archaeological Decipherment from Egyptian hieroglyphs to Linear B
The Story of Archaeological Decipherment from Egyptian hieroglyphs to Linear B Author:Maurice Pope The desire to solve mysteries is as old as humanity and the spell of an unknown writing has always been particularly potent. — Speculation about the Egyptian hieroglyphs began in the Renaissance; though sometimes fantastic, much of it was both fascinating and fruitful. During the next two centuries European travellers in the Near East came home w... more »ith increasingly accurate copies of the strange inscriptions to be found there, and the great age of decipherment dawned in the mid-eighteenth century, at the time of the Enlightenment, with the Abbe Barthelemy's solution of the Palmyra script.
Maurice Pope discusses the contributions to the science of decipherment made by theorists like Leibnitz and by brilliant practitioners of it from Champollion to Ventris. He examines the intellectual developments (in linguistic theory, for example) that led to their outstanding achievements.
The processes of decipherment are described mainly from the point of view of the decipherers themselves and in a way that the layman can follow, with quotations from the original publications and many examples of drawings, tables, and diagrams.« less