Introducing the Supersyllabogram O (ONATO) lease field (Click to ENLARGE):

163 447 K j TA person DAMINISO ram

We have now come to our sixth supersyllabogram, O. Again, I hear you protesting, “Aren’t you being quite arbitrary assigning this value (this word) to the supersyllabogram O?” And again, my answer has to be, “Not really, not at all”. Once again, by the simple process of elimination of absurdities and irrelevant words having nothing to do with agriculture, let alone, rams (or sheep), we are able to narrow down our choices for the actual meaning of this syllabogram to the following:

1 According to the Mycenaean Linear B – ENGLISH Glossary, only the following words are potentially sound candidates for the Mycenaean Greek word the supersyllabogram O is meant to convey. These are, onato (lease field), opiara2 (coastal), oriko (few), oudidosi (not giving), ouqe (neither) and ouruto (guard). However, from all of these choices, ONATO alone appears to be best fit in the specific context of sheep (rams & ewes), especially in light of the fact that we already know that the supersyllabograms KI means KITIMENA, plot of land, and PE means PERIQORO = enclosure or pen (i.e. sheep pen). Given those interpretations, ONATO, lease field, fits like a glove.

2 Turning to Chris Tselentis’s much more substantial linear B Lexicon, we find, in addition to the words already mentioned above, and excluding the numerous names of places and persons, the following: onatere (leasees), ono (payment), opero (debt, liability), orei (mountain) and ouwoze (not working). Here again, most of these words make some sense in the context of sheep, but still the best best by far is ONATO (lease field), and this is precisely why I have assigned this value to the sypersyllabogram O, given (a) the specific context of sheep & (b) our previously defined sypersyllabograms KI = KITIMENA or plot of land & PE = PERIQORO or enclosure or pen. I should also point out in passing that variations on the actually acceptable word a supersyllabogram stands in for are also possible, provided that they are directly derived from the accepted word (root). Thus, in this case, the word onatere (leasees) is probably also valid as an alternative to onato (lease land).

Not only that, you are about to discover, in the next post, that these sypersyllabograms are often combined to produce an even more specific meaning to the context. We have already seen this anyway with the combination of NE = newa (new) & KI = kitimena (plot of land). In that instance, the two sypersyllabograms work in tandem to give us the very precise phrase, “a new plot of land.”   

Richard