Skip to comments.The Riddle Of The Labyrinth: The Quest To Break An Ancient Code
Posted on 06/30/2013 2:47:37 PM PDT by OddLane
Critics have called Margalit Fox's new book, The Riddle of the Labyrinth, a paleographic detective procedural. It follows the story of the laborious quest to crack a mysterious script, unearthed in Crete in 1900, known by the sterile-sounding name Linear B.
Fox, an obituary writer for The New York Times, is good at bringing the departed to life. In The Riddle of the Labyrinth, she tells the story of Alice Kober, a classics professor at Brooklyn College, who worked alone over decades and discovered the essential grammar of Linear B, only to die in 1950 before she could complete her work.
Until now, Kober's contribution to Linear B had been largely overlooked, but Fox tells Jacki Lyden, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that the riddle of the script wouldn't have been solved without Kober.
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I always thought that the answer to the riddle of the Labyrinth was that you’re not supposed to give babies to David Bowie.
Did it offer any clues as to where Hoffa is buried?
In before someone says that, when deciphered, Linear B means “drink your Ovaltine”.
You know, I think I've got it figured out. I'm not 100% sure, but I think it reads something like this:
There once was a fella from Knossos
Who suffered from some weird neurosis
He'd sit there in Crete
And write with his feet
And his script would for ages engross us
I did not know that Linear B had been decoded. If it has, then what do those tablets say?
Maybe I am thinking of an older script from Crete but I am sure I read recently that we cannot decipher what the ancient Cretans wrote.
The Riddle of the Labyrinth
2 lefts, one right, skip 3, 1 left, 2 rights, you’re home free.
Sometimes an ancient unsolved mystery of a unseen script is just a ancient grammar error or mindless doodling. .
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it’s all about?
I don’t read cursive hieroglyphs.
I don’t understand. How do we know they were liars?
(12) One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
Ergo the Cretan Paradox:
Epimenides the Cretan says “All Cretans are liars.” This statement, because it was uttered by a Cretan, is true if and only if it is false.
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