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Mycenaean Greek


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


Greek dialects in the language of Homer: the Mycenaean phase and Homeric forms in Arcadian


Reconstructed Ancient Greek Spoken (Iliad and Euclid)


Mycenaean Civilization - Ancient Greece - King Agamemnon


Iliad, Book 1, Verses 1-49, read in Mycenaean Greek

Mycenaean Greek is the most ancient attested form of the Greek language, on the Greek mainland, Crete and Cyprus in Mycenaean Greece, before the hypothesised Dorian invasion, often cited as the terminus post quem for the coming of the Greek language to Greece. The language is preserved in inscriptions in Linear B, a script first attested on Crete before the 14th century. Most inscriptions are on clay tablets found in Knossos, in central Crete, as well as in Pylos, in the southwest of the Peloponnese. Other tablets have been found at Mycenae itself, Tiryns and Thebes and at Chania, in Western Crete. The language is named after Mycenae, one of the major centres of Mycenaean Greece.
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