Tag Archives: Jose Melena

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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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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Mycenae transliterations updated

I’ve added a number of Mycenae transliterations from Carratelli’s 1964 Documenta Mycenaea to my current subset of TITHEMY transliterations, confirming with Duhoux’s 2008 “Mycenaean Anthology” where possible (which unveiled some minor discrepancies in Carratelli’s work). Secondary source confirmations greatly appreciated … Continue reading

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Oil Adjectives E-PI-KO-WA and PO-RO-KO-WA in Linear B

I’m still reading Melena’s “Olive Oil and Other Sorts of Oil in the Mycenaean Tablets” from Minos vol. 18. I’m a slow reader. I tell myself it’s because I’m thorough ;> p. 109 “[…] oil qualifications were recorded at Knossos … Continue reading

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Oil & Perfume

I am reading Jose Melena’s 1983 article “Olive Oil and Other Sorts of Oil in the Mycenaean Tablets” from Minos vol. 18. phytonym – plant name (i.e. “SA-SA-MA” sesame is a phytonym) My research and writing also continues. I’ve been … Continue reading

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PaleoBotany: Crops and Flora of Crete

Word lists are handy. Contextual word lists, even better. I need to consolidate my various crop and flora lists for Crete into one place. Hopefully posting it here will be useful to someone besides me, and please feel free to … Continue reading

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