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Book Title: The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code|
The author of the book: Margalit Fox
Date of issue: April 15th 2014
ISBN 13: 9780062228864
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.94 MB
Read full description of the books The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code: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.
Read information about the authorI am a senior writer at The New York Times originally trained as a linguist, and I've been lucky enough to be able to combine my vocation with my avocation by writing narrative nonfiction books about language.
My new book, "The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code," the story of the race to decipher the mysterious Bronze Age script known as Linear B, will be published on May 14, 2013, by Ecco Press/HaperCollins. It is the real-life tale of obsession, a lost civilization, personal tragedy and the step-by-step detective work that goes into unraveling an unknown script from the ancient past.
My previous book is "Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind" (Simon & Schuster, 2007).
I hold bachelor's and master's degrees in linguistics from Stony Brook University, and a master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I live in Manhattan with my husband, the writer and critic George Robinson.
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