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Ventris, Michael George Francis (1922–1956), classical scholar and architect, was born at Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, on 12 July 1922, the only child of Edward Francis Vereker Ventris (1884/5–1938), an officer in the Indian army, and his wife, (Anna) Dorothea Janasz (1889/90–1940), who was half-English, half-Polish. She was largely responsible for ...

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