The Undeciphered Signs of Linear B

The Undeciphered Signs of Linear B Interpretation and Scribal Practices - Cambridge Classical Studies

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Decades after Michael Ventris deciphered Linear B and showed that its language was Greek, nearly one-sixth of its syllabic signs' sound-values are still unknown. This book offers a new approach to establishing these undeciphered signs' possible values. Analysis of Linear B's structure and usage not only establishes these signs' most likely sound-values - providing the best possible basis for future decipherments - but also sheds light on the writing system as a whole. The undeciphered signs are also used to explore the evidence provided by palaeography for the chronology of the Linear B documents and the activities of the Mycenaean scribes. The conclusions presented in this book therefore deepen our understanding not only of the undeciphered signs but also of the Linear B writing system as a whole, the texts it was used to write, and the insight these documents bring us into the world of the Mycenaean palaces. A colour version of figures 5.1-5.4 of chapter 5 can be found under the 'Resources' tab.

Book information

ISBN: 9781108796910
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 487.1
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 730g
Height: 169mm
Width: 244mm
Spine width: 27mm