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Ancestral Voices: Decoding Ancient Languages by James Norman
The Decipherment of Linear B by John Chadwick
Linear B and Related Scripts by John Chadwick
Lost Cities and Vanished Civilizations by Robert Silverberg
The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris by Andrew Robinson
Reading the Past: Ancient Writing from Cuneiform to the Alphabet by J. T. Hooker
Realms of gold; a journey in search of the Mycenaeans by Leonard Cottrell
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox
The Story of Decipherment: From Egyptian Hieroglyphs to Maya Script by Maurice Pope
The Story of Writing by Andrew Robinson

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Michael Ventris (1922-1956): British architect and wartime air force member who, in his free time, deciphered the ancient Greek syllabary known as Linear B. Working from a hint supplied by Alice Kober, he was able to determine values for many of the symbols in the syllabary, and from this show how it resembled a very early form of Greek. He died in a car crash before he could do much with the results, but other scholars were able to verify and extend his work greatly.

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