The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

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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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"A fascinating yarn centered around an unlikely heroine. . . . Fox's deft explanations of the script-solving process allow readers to share in the mental detective work of cracking the lost language."--Publishers Weekly

"Fox's achievement here is to make this fascinating tale accessible to a broader audience."--Washington Post

.".. a nail-biting intellectual and cultural adventure."--The Times UK

"Deft, sharply written ... Fox's account runs with the pace and tension of a detective story - and has much to say about language and writing systems along the way."--The Guardian UK

"[Fox] ... has cracked it, fashioning an intellectual puzzle into an engrossing detective story of driven personalities, hidden clues, perseverance and intuition. In the process, she has uncovered a remarkable woman who had been buried by history."--Sunday Times UK

"As with any good detective story, there's a driving narrative behind the puzzle, peopled by solitary sleuths."--The Guardian US

..". a nail-biting intellectual and cultural adventure."--The Times UK

A fascinating yarn centered around an unlikely heroine. . . . Fox s deft explanations of the script-solving process allow readers to share in the mental detective work of cracking the lost language. --Publishers Weekly"

Fox s achievement here is to make this fascinating tale accessible to a broader audience. --Washington Post"

a nail-biting intellectual and cultural adventure. --The Times UK"

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For the first time, the full story of the race to decipher the world's greatest puzzle.

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