BBC Documentary of Michael Ventris – Decipherer of Linear B


Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) Arts & Culture

Posted by on May 13, 2019

BBC Documentary of Michael Ventris – Decipherer of Linear B

Dates: May 20th 2019 (one day event)
Address: Ditsong Military History Museum Auditorium, Erlswold Way, Saxonwold

 

DARTS’ speaker – Alkis Doucakis – will present us with a video “A Very English Gentleman”, a documentary about story of the discovery and decipherment of Europe’s first written language: Linear B, a syllabic script used for writing Mycenaean Greek, the earliest attested form of Greek. In 1900 a famous archaeologist – Sir Arthur Evans- came to Crete in search of “Milk Stones”, the 3 300 year-old clay tablets with writing in a then unknown language. Many years later, in 1952, the writing was deciphered by an architect, Michael Ventris. This accomplishment is considered ‘ the greatest intellectual achievement in archaeological decipherment ever’. Alkis is absorbed with local and regional historical research and has published articles in a number of accredited scholarly journals. He has also published books on the history of Johannesburg’s Doornfontein area and the early influence of Hellenic education in Johannesburg. Darts’ Annual General Meeting will precede the presentation.

 

  • : 2019-05-20
  • : 2019-05-20
  • : Ditsong Military History Museum Auditorium, Erlswold Way, Saxonwold
  • : Jill Snaddon
  • : 0828596396
  • : jill.snaddon@gmail.com

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