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The decipherment of linear B writing in 1952 by Michael Ventris has thrown light on a very interesting issue: in the second millennium B.C., the Greeks had a writing system, but the amount of information they put into writing was limited. Other civilisations, including the Celts, made the same choice. A choice was made between what you memorise and what you write down; the reasons for this choice could be political and religious in nature. In the course of history, there has been often a greatdoi:10.1007/0-387-23120-x_6 fatcat:jn5cidfgbfatlmqjqci6y4qzti