Knossos, Mycenae, Pylos, Thebes


Hiller 2011: 'Mistress'

Chadwick & Ventris 1973: the Mistress, cf. πότνια

1. lady
2. divine title / proper name of a goddess

Palaeolexicon: goddess surname

Homeric Greek

Iliad I.550, I.565, IV.50: [[qo-o|βοῶ]]πις πότνια Ἥρη 'ox-eyed, queenly Hera'
Iliad IV.2: πότνια Ἥβη 'queenly Hebe'
Iliad VI.260: πότνια μῆτερ 'queenly mother'
Iliad VI.410, VI.470: πότνια μήτηρ 'queenly mother'
Iliad VIII.198, VIII.218: πότνια Ἥρη 'queenly Hera'



Chadwick & Ventris 1973: defective spelling for po-ti-ni-ja-we-jo


Chadwick & Ventris 1973: of or belonging to Potnia; nominative singular or plural feminine or plural neuter


parallel to toponyms on the PY Jn series

Chadwick & Ventris 1973: of or belonging to Potnia; nominative singular masculatine adjective


Chadwick & Ventris 1973: variant spelling for po-ti-ni-ja-we-jo

Compound Concepts

po-ti-ni-ja wo-ko-de (TH Of 36)
Chadwick & Spyropoulos 1975, p. 89: House of Potnia "may well have been at the place just south of Thebes known in classical times as Πότνιαι (i.e. Demeter and Kore)" from Pausanias IX, 8.1


See details for each entry; some of these are uncertain.

a-ta-na-po-ti-ni-ja (KN V 52)
da-pu2-ri-to-jo po-ti-ni-ja (KN Gg 702)
si-to-po-ti-ni-ja (MY Oi 701)

po-ti-ni-ja i-qe-ja (PY An 1281)
van Leuven 1979: epithet of Demeter or Athena, or as a precursor of Leto

po-ti-ni-ja a-si-wi-ja (PY Fr 1206)
van Leuven 1979: epithet of Artemis

e-re-wi-jo-po-ti-ni-ja (PY Vn 48)
van Leuven 1979: epithet of Hera

ne-wo-pe-o po-ti-ni-ja (PY Cc 665)
van Leuven 1979: district, not an epithet

u-po-jo po-ti-ni-ja (PY Fr 1225, PY Fr 1236)
van Leuven 1979: uncertain epithet


Chadwick, John and Theodoros Spyropoulos, 1975 The Thebes Tablets II

Chadwick, John and Michael Ventris, 1973 Documents in Mycenaean Greek

Hiller, Stefan, 2011 A Companion to Linear B: Mycenean Greek Texts and their World vol. II (ed. Yves Duhoux and Anna Morpurgo Davies) "Religion and Cult"

Homer, 2003 Iliad (trans. A.T. Murray, ed. William F. Wyatt)

van Leuven, Jon C., 1979 Kadmos Band 18 Heft 2 “Mycenaean Goddesses Called Potnia”

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