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Author Robinson, Andrew, 1957-

Title Lost languages : the enigma of the world's undeciphered scripts / Andrew Robinson.

Publication Info. New York : McGraw-Hill, [2002]


Location Call No. Status
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  411.09 ROBINSON    Check Shelf
Description 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note "A Peter N. Nevraumont book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-340) and index.
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.
Subject Writing -- History.
Extinct languages.
ISBN 0071357432 hardcover
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