Linear B: Europe’s First Written Language and Its Decipherment


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Posted by on Feb 5, 2019

Linear B: Europe’s First Written Language and Its Decipherment

Dates: February 11th 2019 (one day event)
Address: Ditsong Military History Museum Auditorium, Erlswold Way, Saxonwold

 

DARTS’ speaker – Alkis Doucakis – will present us with the 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.

 

 

 

  • : 2019-02-11
  • : 2019-02-11
  • : Ditsong Military History Museum Auditorium, Erlswold Way, Saxonwold
  • : Jill Snaddon
  • : 0828596396
  • : jill.snaddon@gmail.com

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