Hi friends. For those of you who do not yet know Greek, endeavouring to learn Linear B, here is what I suggest, to help you along:

 

  1. Proceed at your own pace. Never rush yourself or try to learn more characters than you can handle at any stage of your learning curve.
  2. If you run up against a “mental block” when you try to translate any of the “inscriptions” I have posted so far on the board, please feel free to ask me for help.
  3. There are only about 2,000 words all told in the Mycenaean glossaries. If you can learn even a 100 or so of those words, you will be able to translate a few of the tablets, given time. Again, proceed at your own pace.
  4. Since I am introducing you all to only 18 characters of the more than 100 in Linear B this summer, you will not need to worry about the rest, and anyway, I will certainly not post any words, phrases, sentences or “inscriptions” unless they contain only these 18 characters, which I will have posted by the end of July.
  5. During August, I will be posting more simple “inscriptions” using only these 18 characters, so the more you practice, the better you will be able to recognize at first sight all of these characters, hopefully by September, but if not, not to worry. Again, proceed at your own pace.

I will repost for you ALL 16 of characters I have shown yo so far either this evening or tomorrow, so that you can review them for yourself.  Just have a look at them and see which ones you can remember.  If you like, you can POST a message letting me know which ones you have managed to remember so far, so that I can see your progress, and we can better work together, hand in hand.

And best of luck!

Richard