The Riddle of the Labyrinth
|author:||Margalit Fox (2013)|
|date read:||16 October 2016|
|rating:||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆|
The story of the decoding of Cretan Linear B. I knew fragments about it already, but I’d never read the complete story. There’s enough information and the linguistic and cryptographic aspects to be technically interesting, but it maintains a strong narrative and isn’t just a reference book.
It’s split into three parts, each focusing on person who was involved in the decipherment, but it feels like there’s a strong emphasis on Alice Kober. A woman whose contributions were largely overlooked in favour of her male peers. Shocking, I know.
Anyway, I enjoyed and would recommend to other classicists.
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