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Etruscan and Meroïtic—Undeciphered Scripts

Lecture no. 21 from the course: Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity

Etruscan and Meroïtic—Undeciphered Scripts

Taught by Professor Marc Zender | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Despite decades of effort by many qualified epigraphers, there are still dozens of undeciphered scripts. Turn to the failures of decipherment and the lessons that can be drawn from them by focusing on the attempted decipherment of two scripts—Etruscan and Meroïtic—which recorded languages with no known relatives or descendants.

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