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Linear B


Linguistics and Linear B with Dr Pippa Steele


The Sound of the Mycenean Greek language (Numbers, Words & Sample Text)


(AUDIO) Michael Ventris talking about the decipherment of Linear B (1st July 1952, BBC Radio)


Professor Geoffrey Horrocks on The Decipherment of Linear B (part two)


LinearB Product Overview

Linear B is a syllabic script that was used for writing Mycenaean Greek, the earliest attested form of Greek. The script predates the Greek alphabet by several centuries. The oldest Mycenaean writing dates to about 1450 BC. It is descended from the older Linear A, an undeciphered earlier script used for writing the Minoan language, as is the later Cypriot syllabary, which also recorded Greek. Linear B, found mainly in the palace archives at Knossos, Cydonia, Pylos, Thebes and Mycenae, disappeared with the fall of Mycenaean civilization during the Late Bronze Age collapse. The succeeding period, known as the Greek Dark Ages, provides no evidence of the use of writing. It is also the only one of the prehistoric Aegean scripts to have been deciphered, by English architect and self-taught linguist Michael Ventris.
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