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Decipherment
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I. Ancient Orient and Egypt (CT)

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A. Introduction (CT)

In the narrower sense of the word, decipherment is the successful attempt to comprehend the systematics of a text which is based on an unknown script to such an extent that it becomes possible to reconstruct indisputably not only the phonology but also the semantic content of the texts written in this script. The basis of every decipherment is …

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Frahm, Eckart (Heidelberg) and Wachter, Rudolf (Basle), “Decipherment”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 02 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1310080>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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