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Lost languages : the enigma of the world's undeciphered scripts

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2002.
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Investigates famous examples of unsolved scripts and codes, in an account that recalls the stories of three forefront decipherments including the Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Maya glyphs, and the Minoan Linear B clay tablets.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Robinson, Andrew, 1957-
Lost languages.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2002
(OCoLC)647660453
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Robinson
ISBN: 0071357432 9780071357432
OCLC Number: 48032556
Notes: "A Peter N. Nevraumont book."
Description: 352 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: writing systems, coded civilizations and undeciphered scripts --
pt. I. Three great decipherments --
Voices of the Pharaohs: Egyptian hieroglyphs (Egypt) --
Labyrinth of Minos: linear B (Greece) --
Bishop de Landa's inquisition: Mayan glyphs (Central America) --
pt. II. Undeciphered scripts --
Voices of the Black Pharaohs: the Meroitic script (Sudan) --
Greek but not Greek: the Etruscan alphabet (Italy) --
Mediterranean mystery: linear A (the Aegean) --
Secrets of the ancient ledgers: the proto-elamite script (Iran) --
Birdmen of Rapanui: Rongorongo (Easter Island) --
New world begins to write: the Zapotec and Isthmian scripts (Mexico) --
At the sign of the unicorn: the Indus script (Pakistan/India) --
Sir Arthur's 'Chaunt of victory': the Phaistos disc (Crete) --
Conclusion --
Urge to decipher.
Responsibility: Andrew Robinson.
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Investigates famous examples of unsolved scripts and codes, in an account that recalls the stories of three forefront decipherments including the Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Maya glyphs, and the Minoan Linear B clay tablets.

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