• Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts
    Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts

Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts

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Maybe it’s the possibility of ‘speaking with the dead’, of hearing the voices of long-silent people and civilizations. Perhaps it’s the puzzle-solver’s relish for the challenges posed by breaking codes. Whatever the reasons undeciphered scripts have long tantalized us.
Beginning with the stories of three great decipherments – Egyptian hieroglyphs, Minoan Linear B and Mayan glyphs – Lost Languages moves on to dissect the most well-known and enigmatic undeciphered scripts from around the world. They include the Etruscan alphabet of Italy, the Indus Valley seal script, Rongorongo from remote Easter Island, the Zapotec script of Mexico (probably the first writing system in the Americas), and the unique Phaistos disc of Crete (apparently the world’s earliest ‘printed’ document, dating from c.1700 BC).
Lost Languages reports from the front lines of scholarship where obsession, genius, occasional delusion and sometimes bitter rivalry are de rigueur among those currently competing for the rare honour of cracking these ancient codes – and giving voice to forgotten worlds.

Andrew Robinson is the author of more than fifteen books, including the bestselling The Story of Writing, which has been translated into nine languages, The Man Who Deciphered Linear B and The Story of Measurement. Formerly the literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, he is now a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

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Lager statusPå lager
Varenummer: 9780500288160
Periode: Prehistory to Modern Age
Sideantal: 352
Indbinding: Softcover
Illustrationer: Drawings and photos in black/white
Mål (BxH) i cm: 18,7 x 23,3
Forfatter: Andrew Robinson
Forlag: Thames & Hudson
Udgivelsesår: 2009
Sprog: English

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