The Minoan culture on Crete existed around 2100-1420 BC leaving hundreds of inscriptions on seals, sealings and other artefacts. The most well-known inscription among them can be found on the Phaistos disk, a small clay disk with impressed signs on both sides. Even with the power of modern technology, deciphering it is one of the greatest challenges that would lead to a better understanding of the Minoan language and culture. First and foremost, this interesting book offers a new general methodology in epigraphy for deciphering writing systems. Mathematical and statistical methods enable one to arrive at basic principles underlying the writing system and the root language. It allows researchers to begin a decipherment based on scientifically verified knowledge and to exclude false assumptions.
Readers of “Deciphering the Phaistos Disk and other Cretan Hieroglyphic Inscriptions” by Andreas Fuls learn that previous attempts on the Phaistos disk’s translation have either had to declare the impossibility of deciphering it or have suggested dubious interpretations based on preconceived assumptions. The study in this book aims to present a scientifically verifiable method for a step-by-step decipherment of the Phaistos disk and offers readers a fascinating insight into the world of ciphers and their meaning.
“Deciphering the Phaistos Disk and other Cretan Hieroglyphic Inscriptions” by Andreas Fuls is now available from tredition or can be ordered through retail using ISBN 978-3-7482-5919-0. tredition assists young and unknown authors with publishing their own books, but also cooperates with publishers and publishing houses. tredition publishes books in print and digital formats, distributes locally and online, and actively markets all titles.
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