Mycenaean Linear B: Level 3 (Intermediate) Syllabograms

Here are all the Mycenaean Linear B: Level 3 (Intermediate) Syllabograms (CLICK to enlarge):

Progressive Linear B Level 3 syllabograms dipthongs & logograms

I will be discussing all 16 syllabograms in 4 stages, from 3.1 to 3.4 throughout the autumn of 2013. 4 Tables of additional vocabulary at Level 3, also tagged 3.1 – 3.4, will also be posted during this period. By the end of Level 3 in the spring of 2014, the Mycenaean Linear B Vocabulary will be greatly increased from Levels 1 & 2.

Once students of Mycenaean Linear B have full mastered the syllabograms at Levels 1 & 2 (Introductory), they may proceed to Level 3 syllabograms, but not before. Level 3 Intermediate syllabograms are considerably more complex than those at Levels 1 & 2, and should not be approached until the student is thoroughly familiar with all syllabograms at Levels 1 & 2. Once the student has finished Level 3 Intermediate, she or he will be in a position to translate a number of Linear B Tablets, including that famous tablet from Pylos, PY 641-1952, the first tablet ever translated by Michael Ventris in 1952, which will in fact be the first tablet the student will be asked to translate at Level 3.

Students who began learning Linear B from the inception of this Blog in the spring of 2013 may possibly be in a position to proceed to Level 3 sometime in the winter of 2014. In the meantime, it is highly advisable not to endeavour to take this step, as we still have plenty of exercises to complete at Level 2, the last of which will consist of our first ever translation of a couple of Linear B tablets simpler than PY 641-1952. Thus, students who have mastered Levels 1 & 2 will be prepared, in the long run, to translate a number of more complex Linear B tablets by spring or summer 2014. Here again, I strongly advise each of you to proceed at your own pace, because if you try to rush yourself, you will find yourself rattled by the more complex Tablets. I know. I was myself!

Richard