Let’s Learn Arcado-Cypriot Linear C: the First 6 Syllabograms Very Similar to their Equivalents in Linear B: Click to ENLARGE:

Linear B NA PA DA SE RO TO & Linear C NA PA TRA SSE LO TRO
For those of us like myself who have absolutely no choice but to learn Arcado-Cypriot Linear C (in use ca. 1100 – 400 BCE), the syllabary most closely related to Mycenaean Linear B (in use ca. 1500 – 1200 BCE), as indeed are the dialects themselves, being the nearest cousins and the earliest East Greek dialects, this serves as our little introduction. Anyone else visiting our Blog already familiar with Linear C can use these lessons to brush up on it, while those of you who are just curious yellow and wish to learn it, please be my guest, and go right ahead.

The first 6 syllabograms in Linear C are strikingly similar to their equivalents in Linear B. Whether this is mere happenstance, I do not know, but I rather doubt it, as they look remarkably like direct borrowings from Linear B.

However, none of the other 50 Linear C syllabograms look the least bit like any Linear B syllabograms. But, thank Heavens, they are a lot simpler.

Certain striking characteristics distinguish Linear C from Linear B:
1. While Linear B has at least 81 syllabograms, Linear C has only 56. Thus, it is approaching the size of an alphabet.
2. While Linear B has over 200 ideograms and logograms, Linear C has none.
3. Arcado-Cypriot Linear C is the very last stage in the development of Greek script before the adoption of the primitive Greek alphabet ca. 900-800 BCE.
4. The script is so simple and easy to learn that the Arcado-Cypriots persisted in using it in their inscriptions right on up to ca. 400 BCE, when they finally cried Uncle, and caved in to using the by-then standard universal Attic alphabet.
5. The extremely important legal source document, the “Idalion Tablet” is absolutely critical in establishing the tight grammatical and vocabulary bond between Linear B, which fell into disuse only 1 century (!) before the adoption of Linear C. Since it has long since been proven beyond a doubt that Linear C was consistently used to write Arcado-Cypriot, an East Greek dialect, which is beyond question Greek, all we need to do to convince the few agnostics or silly “nay-sayers” who still insist Mycenaean Greek is not Greek (yes, such people still exist, especially in Macedonia, for some bizarre reason). Once I have mastered Arcado-Cypriot Linear C, I fully intend to establish beyond any reasonable doubt that both the vocabulary and the grammar of Mycenaean and Arcado-Cypriot Greek are practically identical, thereby rationally settling once and for all time any controversy that Mycenaean Greek is not Greek. The two dialects being almost identical (and trust me, they are), if Arcado-Cypriot is Greek, which it emphatically is, then we must conclude that Mycenaean is Greek and nothing but Greek. I shall have proven this conclusively sometime in 2015, once I have mastered Linear C, and have read the very substantial Idalion tablet, illustrated here: Click to ENLARGE:

Mission Consolidation Mycenaean Linear B & Arcado-Cypriot Linear C & Idalion Tablet

In the next post, to lend further weight to my hypothesis, I shall translate these words in this little table in Linear C into Linear B, and place them side-by-side for your edification and mine alike.

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Richard