How do we know so much about the ancient world? This episode explores four astonishing archaeological discoveries that extended our knowledge of history back into the mythical past:

1) The discovery of the Rosetta stone and Champollion's sensational decipherment of the text.
2) A German highschool teacher makes a breakthrough into reading the cuneiform writing system of ancient Mesopotamia.
3) Heinrich Schliemann digs for Troy.
4) Michael Ventris deciphers linear B - the script of the Mycenaeans.


10 Discoveries that Rewrote History, by Patrick Hunt (check out his interview about the Rosetta Stone on the Entitled Opinions podcast)

The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris, by Andrew Robinson

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack and Ancient Code, by Margalit Fox

“What Was Greek to Them?” by Mary Beard (book review of the above)

Champollion, Napoleon, Niebuhr, Grotefend, Schliemann, Michael Ventris, Egypt, Rosetta Stone, cuneiform, linear b, Mycenae, Tiryns, Troy