Category Archives: Hypotheses & Theories

José L. Melena and the Pylos Joins

Dr. Melena at the University of the Basque Country is one of my favourite Mycenologists. His writing is, to me, a perfect synthesis of detail-oriented curiosity and evidence-based academic rigor. An example of this are his comments which I’ve included … Continue reading

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[Thesis Generator] sa-pe-ra vs. sa-pi-da

What do you think? 39 years after the 1973 publication of the 2nd edition of Documents in Mycenaean Greek by John Chadwick and Michael Ventris, I still constantly encounter questions that remain open from their early work. I keep a … Continue reading

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Khania Linear B Transliterations

The 1989-90 Greek-Swedish Excavations at Kastelli, Khania yielded 4 Linear B artefacts. These transliterations are now available for further study: KH Ar

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More great advice on decipherment and interpretation

In A Companion to Linear B: Mycenaean Greek Texts and their World vol. II, Yves Duhoux has written a must-read introduction for any aspiring philologist: “Interpreting the Linear B Records: Some Guidelines”. His guidelines apply to far more than just … Continue reading

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Linear B Data Project Update – lexicon definitions are growing

One or more definitions are now available for all of the in-tact lexical elements in the following Knossos Linear B series: KN Ag, KN Ai, KN Ak, KN Am, KN Ap, KN As KN B, KN Bg KN C, KN … Continue reading

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po-ni-ki-jo, what art thou?

po-ni-ki-jo is a favourite Linear B word of mine. The number of definitions suggested for it seems proportionate to the number of Mycenologists who have studied it. Hooker thought perhaps it was a palm tree, Chadwick & Ventris believed it … Continue reading

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Regressive Spelling in Linear B

After reading Woodard’s excellent work, I was curious to see if any consonant rows in Linear B showed consistent signs of regressive spelling statistically. The liquid L/R* consonant row is by far the most consistent in showing signs of regressive … Continue reading

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Reference: Linear B Spelling Alternations

1 November 2012 UPDATE: I’m adding these to the individual pages on the Linear B symbols under a new section called “Alternations”. This page will no longer be updated. -kim. Spelling alternations have been incredibly helpful in confirming a symbol’s … Continue reading

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The statistics of the phonetic value of AB65 /ju/

As Palmer notes in A Companion to Linear B: Mycenaean Greek Texts and their World vol. 1, “The phonetic value of *65 is probably ju, but this reading has not yet been officially adopted; hence the transliteration ju? is adopted … Continue reading

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Why is sa-pi-de a commodity and not an allative?

sa-pi-de appears on PY Vn 19 and MY Ge 602. The -de ending frequently denotes an allative of a toponym (place name). ko-no-so-de is “to ko-no-so”, sa-ma-ra-de is “to sa-ma-ra”, etc. Reverse engineering this, we might expect to find “sa-pi” … Continue reading

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