By Andrew Robinson
“Highly readable . . . a becoming tribute to the quiet outsider who taught the pros their enterprise and elevated our wisdom of the human past.”―Archaeology Odyssey
More than a century in the past, in 1900, one of many nice archaeological unearths of all time used to be made in Crete. Arthur Evans stumbled on what he believed used to be the palace of King Minos, with its infamous labyrinth, domestic of the Minotaur. for this reason, Evans grew to become captivated with one of many epic highbrow tales of the trendy period: the quest for the that means of Linear B, the mysterious script discovered on clay drugs within the ruined palace.
Evans died with no reaching his goal, and it used to be left to the enigmatic Michael Ventris to crack the code in 1952. this can be the 1st publication to inform not only the tale of Linear B but in addition that of the younger guy who deciphered it. in response to 1000's of unpublished letters, interviews with survivors, and different basic resources, Andrew Robinson’s riveting account takes the reader throughout the lifetime of this interesting and contradictory guy. degree through degree, we see how Ventris eventually completed the leap forward that exposed Linear B because the earliest understandable eu writing system.