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The desire to solve mysteries is as old as humanity and the spell of an unknown writing has always been particularly potent. This is a discussion of the contributions to the science of decipherment made by theorists such as Leibnitz and by brilliant practitioners of it from Champollion to Ventris. Maurice Pope examines the intellectual developments that lead to their outstanding achievements, and describes the process of decipherment, providing quotations from their original publications and many examples of their drawings, tables and diagrams. Among the scripts the author analyses are the Palmyra script, Sassanid Persian, Egyptian hieroglyphic, Persian cuniform, Akkadian cuneiform, the Cypriot syllabary, Hittitte hieroglyphic, the Ugaritic alphabet and Mycenaean Linear B.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780500281055
ISBN-10: 050028105X
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 159mm x 19mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Mystery solving has always been one of our favourite pastimes and the decipherment of ancient scripts presents a vital key to further knowledge and great personal triumph to the decipherer. Pope has revised this superb study (and updated it with sections on the Carian script and Maya hieroglyphs) in which he assesses the work of contributors to the science of decipherment, using as his sources their original publications and examples of their drawings and tables. Scripts discussed include Egyptian hieroglyphs, Palmyra script, Persian cuneiform and Mycenaean Linear B, and with 126 illustrations and an extensive glossary of technical terms, you couldn't ask for a more comprehensive examination of an extraordinary subject. (Kirkus UK)


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