Both scripts deciphered by Steven Roger Fischer, the Rongorongo writing and an ancient Cretan artefact called the Phaistos Disk, yielded information of great historical importance calling for a revision of current archaeological theories. 'Glyphbreaker' tells the story of how this was accomplished, by Steven Fisher himself.
After successfully deciphering the Rongorongo script of Easter Island, Steven Roger Fischer gained a unique place in the pantheon of glyphbreakers: he is the only person to have deciphered not one but two ancient scripts. Both of these scripts yield clues of great historical importance. Fischers previous decipherment, of a Cretan artefact called the Phaistos Disk, provided the key to the ancient Minoan language and showed it to be closely related to Mycenaean Greek. Fischer's decipherment of Rongorongo shows that it was not merely a mnemonic device for recalling memorised texts, but was actually read and used for creative composition. This is the exciting story of these two decipherments, by the man who now must rank as the greatest glyphbreaker of all time.
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"...provides a step-by step account of how (Fischer) cracked this code, proceeding with the utmost care and objectivity, constantly modifying and improving his method, and gradually filling in the blanks." New Scientist
Table of Contents
1 In Odysseus's Wake.- 2 Logos.- 3 The New Labyrinth.- 4 The Skein of Ariadne.- 5 "Hear Ye, Cretans and Greeks!".- 6 The Battle of Naxos.- 7 Rapanui.- 8 Talking Boards of the Pacific.- 9 Atop Tere Vaka.- 10 "All The Birds ...".- 11 Surfing the Rongorongo.- Suggested Reading.
Glyphbreaker by Steven R. Fischer
Steven R. Fischer
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