Tag Archives: Pylos

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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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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Pylos Linear B Inscriptions Digitized

The ~1,000 Linear B inscriptions from Pylos have now been digitized. The Pylos transliterations: http://minoan.deaditerranean.com/linear-b-transliterations/pylos/ Searching, browsing and contributing to the ~5,000 Linear B transliterations now available: http://minoan.deaditerranean.com/linear-b-transliterations/ PY Ng 319

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Que? -QE! O-NU…

Finding articles is often an archaeological dig in its own right. I haven’t found an authoritative index that says “if you want to read about -QE, read these 10 articles” and “if you want to read about PY Eb 566, … Continue reading

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of Apocope and Agent Nouns

I’m still reading “The Women of Pylos” by John Chadwick in Texts, Tablets and Scribes: Studies in Mycenaean Epigraphy and Economy Offered to Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. (Suplementos a MINOS num. 10). I’m a slow reader :> Here is some … Continue reading

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TA-DA! Extra rations on the Pylos Linear B tablets

This is an excellent example of the kind of implicit information that the Cretan writing systems have embedded in it. Implicit information is information which must be guessed at either from context or, even more difficult, was simply assumed by … 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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Studying

I spent the afternoon studying the personnel lists of Linear B in Documents in Mycenaean Greek by Michael Ventris and John Chadwick. I thought it was interesting that PU-RO (Pylos) is specifically called out on tablets that come from Pylos.

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Pylos Linear B Tablets Bibliography

Bennett, Emmett L. Jr.     1951 The Pylos Tablets Packard, David     1974 Minoan Linear A Palmer, L. R.     1963 The Interpretation of Mycenaean Greek Texts PY An 5 – personal names accompanied by places where … Continue reading

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American Journal of Archaeology (AJA)

Somewhere around p. 48 of David Packard’s Minoan Linear A from 1974, I realized my brain was slowly melting from information overload. I promptly reshelved it and wrote a note to myself to either buy the book or see if … Continue reading

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