Ventris, Michael
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British architect and linguist. Born Michael George Francis V., Wheathampstead (Herts.), 12. 7. 1922, died Hatfield (Herts.) 6. 9. 1956. Studied Latin and Greek at school. 1940–1948 studied architecture in London, interrupted by military service in World War II. Thereafter various activities as architect and amateur cryptographer. Deciphered Linear B with John Chadwick from 1952. OBE 1955.

Work and influence

Even as a schoolboy, V. showed great interest in ancient languages and cultures and in language an…

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Stephan, U. C. A., “Ventris, Michael”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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