By Margalit Fox
In the culture of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: the hunt to Crack an historical Code tells some of the most interesting tales within the historical past of language, masterfully mixing background, linguistics, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative.
When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a cosmopolitan Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years sooner than Greece’s Classical Age, he came across a cache of historical pills, Europe’s earliest written documents. For part a century, the which means of the inscriptions, or even the language within which they have been written, might stay a mystery.
Award-winning New York Times journalist Margalit Fox's riveting real-life highbrow detective tale travels from the Bronze Age Aegean—the period of Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Helen—to the flip of the 20 th century and the paintings of charismatic English archeologist Arthur Evans, to the colourful own tales of the decipherers. those comprise Michael Ventris, the bright beginner who deciphered the script yet met with a unexpected, mysterious dying which may were an immediate end result of the deipherment; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the tale whose painstaking paintings allowed Ventris to crack the code.