The Catherine Pelican Memorial Lecture:
The Riddle of the Labyrinth
Lecture by Margalit Fox, Author, Senior writer at The New York Times

Monday, November 14, 2016
Lecture – 7 p.m.
Millenium Student Center, Century Room A 
Univeristy of Missouri – Saint Louis

In 1900, while excavating on Crete, the celebrated English archaeologist Arthur Evans unearthed a cache of Bronze Age clay tablets inscribed with a series of bewildering symbols. Set down during the later part of the Bronze Age, the tablets were at the time Europe’s earliest written records, and the writing they contained was like none ever seen. In her lecture, Fox, a senior writer at The New York Times, illuminates this intellectual detective story, taking listeners step by step through the process of solving a linguistic “locked-room mystery”: an ancient script where both the writing system and the language it records are completely unknown. It also brings to light a vital piece of women’s history in presenting the work of the American scholar Alice Kober, whose painstaking efforts, largely lost to history as a result of her own early death, made the ultimate decipherment of Linear B possible.


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