The Riddle Of The Labyrinth: The Quest To Crack An Ancient Code by Margalit FoxThe Riddle Of The Labyrinth: The Quest To Crack An Ancient Code by Margalit Fox

The Riddle Of The Labyrinth: The Quest To Crack An Ancient Code

byMargalit Fox

Paperback | April 15, 2014

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In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, linguistics, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative.
 
When famed archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1,000 years before Greece’s Classical Age, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe’s earliest written records. For half a century, the meaning of the inscriptions, and even the language in which they were written, would remain a mystery.
                                              
Award-winning New York Times journalist Margalit Fox's riveting real-life intellectual detective story travels from the Bronze Age Aegean—the era of Odysseus, Agamemnon, and Helen—to the turn of the 20th century and the work of charismatic English archeologist Arthur Evans, to the colorful personal stories of the decipherers. These include Michael Ventris, the brilliant amateur who deciphered the script but met with a sudden, mysterious death that may have been a direct consequence of the deipherment; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the story whose painstaking work allowed Ventris to crack the code.

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An award-winning journalist trained as a linguist, Margalit Fox is a senior writer at theNew York Times. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in linguistics from Stony Brook University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia Univer-sity. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, the writer and critic George Robinson.
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Title:The Riddle Of The Labyrinth: The Quest To Crack An Ancient CodeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“As with any good detective story, there’s a driving narrative behind the puzzle, peopled by solitary sleuths.”