Forgotten Scripts: Their Ongoing Discovery and Decipherment

Forgotten Scripts: Their Ongoing Discovery and Decipherment

Forgotten Scripts: Their Ongoing Discovery and Decipherment

Forgotten Scripts: Their Ongoing Discovery and Decipherment

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The nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been ages of scientific progress beyond the dreams of man in earlier periods. Sumero-Akkadian mythology tells us of a hero, Etana, who flew heavenward on the back of an eagle, and Greek mythology relates how Daedalus made wings so that he and his son Icarus could fly through the air; but what pre-modern man ever conceived of the spacecraft now circling the earth and other planets or reaching the moon, with ever greater achievements unfolding in rapid succession? Nor are the miracles in other branches of modern science less remarkable. What is less well known is that there are comparably great achievements in the humanities that started in the nineteenth century and are continuing with unabated progress today.

With the passing of antiquity in Roman times, Western . . .

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