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A Conversation with Margalit Fox, author of “The Riddle of the Labyrinth”, August 15, 2013

June 8, 2017

Sorry to say that this is another repeat…but it is. Margalit is featured in the great new documentary film: Obit. It’s about the obituary department at the NY Times and it is wonderfully entertaining. Who’da thunk. Enjoy.

PS: sorry but some of the links below no longer exist or are terribly outdated. Just goes to show how quickly the cultural landscape can change these days.

Just My Eyes

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On March 30, 1900, during the excavation of the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete, site of the legendary labyrinth from which Daedalus and Icarus took flight, workmen unearthed a clay tablet inscribed with an unknown script. Some of the characters of the script looked like the letters of an alien alphabet, others like alien hieroglyphics. In the following weeks and months workmen unearthed more tablets, several hundred of which had fallen from a floor above into a terra cotta bathtub.

linearbThe tablets contained messages sent from the dawn of history, from before the time of Homer, but they were messages that could not be received. No one knew what language people spoke 30 centuries ago on Crete, and there was no Rosetta stone among the discoveries at Knossos. (There were, however, other enchanting wonders — elaborate lavatories, murals of griffins and dolphins.) For 50 years, the inscriptions…

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