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

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Illustrated throughout, this volume looks at the world's remaining undeciphered scripts and the people who are stuggling to crack them.

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Robinson, Andrew, 1957-
Lost languages.
New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2002
(DLC) 2001051412
(OCoLC)48032556
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Robinson
OCLC Number: 647660453
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (352 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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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