CRACKING ANCIENT CODES

With Andrew Robinson, author of biographies of Jean-François Champollion, Thomas Young and Michael Ventris, and also 'Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts'.

When Ashmolean Museum archaeologist Arthur Evans discovered Crete’s Minoan civilisation in 1900, he termed one of its mysterious scripts 'Linear B'. But no one could decipher it.

Finally, in 1952, the enigmatic architect Michael Ventris   born on 12 July 1922  succeeded, allowing us to read the earliest writing in Greek, half a millennium older than Homer. 

This lecture celebrates his centenary.

The next lecture in this series will take place on 7 October: Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts.


BOOKING

The event will take place onsite at the Ashmolean Museum, and online on Zoom and a link to join the event will be shared in advance by email.

Booking is essential and tickets are £7 each.

Early bird tickets are now closed.

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