Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

The first ever poem, a haiku, in Linear B: Knossos by the sea (Click to enlarge):


As is well known, no literature as such survives from the late Bronze Age Minoan-Mycenaean culture, when the Linear B script was used primarily for fiscal and book-keeping purposes, as can be seen in the approximately 5,900 extant Linear B tablets and fragments of tablets.  However, this does not rule out the possibility, however remote, that there existed at least a sacral literature, as attested in other ancient scripts of that period, hieroglyphic Egyptian on papyrus, as well as Cuneiform and Hittite on clay tablets. The assumption there was no Linear B  literature as such is based on the faulty  premise that no literature was recorded on tablets, but it might very well have been on papyrus. The difficulty here lies in the fact that papyrus could not possibly have survived the damp Mediterranean…

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