Tag Archives: Michael Ventris

[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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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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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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Linear B AB17: za is ka2?

za … or ka2? I was surprised to recently discover a new phonetic value proposed for the above symbol by Palmer (1980) and del Barrio Vega (1996 publication from 1991 conference proceedings), traditionally transliterated as “za”. The original value “za” … Continue reading

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Cryptolinguistics

These quotes are from The Linear B Decipherment Controversy Re-Examined by Saul Levin (1964) Ventris’ and Chadwick’s criteria for evaluating phonetic values of symbols: “For a sign to be allotted a fixed syllabic value it must occur in a vocabulary … Continue reading

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Linear B: Singular, dual and plural

Today, I am studying singular, dual and plural nouns in Linear B. An example from the word index in Documents in Mycenaean Greek by John Chadwick and Michael Ventris: singular: 1 A-MO; 1 DI-PA dual: 2 A-MO-TE; 2 DI-PA-E plural: … Continue reading

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Quiet night at the library

American Journal of Archaeology v. 50 (1946) “Inflection in Linear Class B: 1- Declension” by Alice Kober I want to very highly recommend this article, and not just because Alice Kober is one of my personal heroes. Kober’s work on … Continue reading

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Mycenaean Greek Linear B Toponyms: Allatives and Ethnics

What is an allative? (wikipedia: allative) An allative is a case of a toponym (place name) which means to Toponym. What is an ethnic? An ethnic is a geographic adjective. Cretan is an ethnic of toponym Crete. A Linear B … Continue reading

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Linear B Livestock and Land

Spent the weekend and a few evenings this week studying the livestock and land lists of Linear B in Documents in Mycenaean Greek by Michael Ventris and John Chadwick. I’m wondering how much of the vocabulary has changed since it … Continue reading

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