Out of Character => General Discussion => Topic started by: error on September 10, 2017, 04:10:10 AM

Title: Demystified
Post by: error on September 10, 2017, 04:10:10 AM
It would seem that two of my favorite mysteries have been solved. The Voynich Manuscript  ( the Polybius ( arcade game.

I haven't made a post in this forum in such a long time. I meant to post into the off topic part of the forum.

Title: Re: Demystified
Post by: mouse on September 10, 2017, 10:13:40 AM
 Interesting video. I was unaware of Polybius the arcade game, and only vaguely aware of Polybius the historian. I'm much more aware of the Polybius square. My grandmother and I used to send each other cryptograms when she'd go to Florida for the winter. I've had a long standing interest in codes and cyphers, as well as invented languages and alphabets. So naturally the mysteries surrounding the Voynich manuscript grabbed my interest when I first learned of it.

I have to say, Gibbs' article in the Times Literary Supplement does little to convince me. Indeed little of it strikes me as very original. Time will tell of course, and I don't expect it will take long for other Voynich scholars to refute or verify this latest solution.

Medieval medical manual, or unsolved mystery, it's text and images will always fascinate me on an aesthetic level. Have you ever heard of the Codex Seraphinianus? It's sort of a modern coffee table version of the Voynich manuscript.

Title: Re: Demystified
Post by: gridflay on September 10, 2017, 02:13:25 PM
I didn't know about the Polybius thing either, that's pretty interesting. The Voynich I've actually seen in person (it was on display for an event; this was in a case, not like, I picked it up and flipped through it)- it's kept here:

One of my favorite buildings. Actually, look at the wiki page for some photos. It's really beautiful.

Yeah, I'll wait to hear from some other Voynich scholars, too. I've always had my money on a John Dee quasi-scam of some sort. Also hi error, post more cool things please :)

Title: Re: Demystified
Post by: error on September 11, 2017, 09:05:22 AM
I mean yeah, the Voynich Manuscript as a women's health guide is only a theory at this point. For some reason it makes a fair bit of sense. But if it is copied from other works and a few of these works can be found and compared to the Voynich Manuscript that would be pretty good evidence.

And this video on Plybius does give a bit of wiggle room. There is a chance, a very slight chance that the narrator, I believe his name is Brown, Steven Brown, it's credited in the video. He does say that there are a few details he doesn't quite have. That there could be more conclusive evidence. But it's a pretty solid theory.