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The 1999 revised edition of this book covers the history of the modern decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs, Persian and Babylonian cuneiform, Ugaritic, Cypriot, Hittite (Luvian), Linear B, Carian, and Maya glyphs. (The additions over the first edition are Carian, which is southwest Anatolian/Turkish, and Mayan of South America.) A great deal is packed into the 230 pages. The text is detailed and clear, there are many good photographs, tables, and illustrations. The author is a real historian, widely read, and distills his knowledge very readably, being suitable for the advanced general reader and up. Notes, glossary, bibliography, and index are provided. Maurice Pope is former professor of Classics at Cape Town and has published numerous academic articles and books.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   Ancient Greek Era    -   2000-0 BC    -   History of mankind    -   Ancient Egyptian Era    -   Bible Time! History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Egyptian History of words/phrases?    -   Yes

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   bureaucracy Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Iraq Africa    -   Yes Middle East?    -   Yes Middle East    -   Israel    -   Syria If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   1 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on the people/nation level How much romance?    -   1 () Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   201-250 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   8 ()

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