Ancestral Voices: Decoding Ancient Languages - James NormanNew York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name & date to the first blank.
Includes: Timeline; Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Maps;
From the cover: “Here is the fascinating story of how the discovery and deciphering of long-forgotten systems of writing have uncovered the literatures and histories of numerous ancient cultures — and added more than two thousand years to recorded history.
The author focuses first on the deciphering of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics; the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in the Nile Delta in 1799 and its significance as the key to the mystery of the ancient Egyptian script. We learn about the remarkable decoding of the wedge-shaped Persian cuneiform scripts used by numerous civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia, and the discovery of cuneiform tablets containing a Babylonian-Sumerian story of the Flood — written 1000 years before the Old Testament version. We follow the efforts of the “literary archaeologists” who deciphered picture-writing from ancient Mexican civilizations. And we find out about the dedicated men whose efforts have added more than 1500 years to Europe’s history: Heinrich Schliemann, whose discovery of the site of Troy proved the historical truth in Homer’s “myths"; Arthur Evans, the English archaeologist who excavated at Knossos and discovered ancient Cretan scripts dating from 2000 B.C., and the brilliant British architect Michael Ventris, who successfully deciphered the puzzling Linear B script, the language used by the legendary heroes of the Trojan War.”