Category: Decipherment



To the Land of Dreams: Overview of the Linear B Lexicon

to the land of dreams

This site provides us with a superb overview and summary of the contents of the Linear B Lexicon by Chris Tselentis.... a must read!  

It includes examples of noun declensions and verb conjugations. The entire Linear B Lexicon is found on this site!

examples of conjugation



Translation of Linear B tablet, KN 581a R ? 03, Knossos, by Rita Roberts:

KN 581 a R 03


Translation of Linear B tablet, KN 586 Rm 11, Knossos,  by Rita Roberts:

KN 586 M m 11

This is far from being a straightforward tablet to decipher. It presents at least 3 difficulties:

1. the presence of the relatively rare logogram RIYO (see the tablet above) in the putative personal name ARIYOA.
2. the presence of digamma (#) twice in the name on line 2, which could be either the putative personal name, KOWOWEYA or RUWOWEYA, depending on how one is able to decipher the first left-truncated syllabogram on that line, which could be either KO or RU.
3. the presence of  what appears to be the rare syllabogram JU at the end of the second line, but we cannot even be sure of that.

The tablet is damaged enough to raise the questions in 2. and 3. above.


Rita Roberts, translation of Knossos Linear B tablet, KN 556 R o 01:

KN 556 R o 01



Rita Roberts, translation of Knossos Linear B tablet, KN 555 R o 05:

KN 555 R o 05



Utube pronunciation of Linear B!

You have to check this out if you want to know how to pronounce Linear B! This Utube video is just amazing!

Linear B pronuncation Utube




Translation of Knossos Linear B tablet KN 554 R o 06 by Rita Roberts:

KN 554 R o 06


Translation of Knossos Linear B tablet KN 530 R l 23 by Rita Roberts:


KN 530 R l 23


summer haiku in Minoan Linear A, ancient Greek, English and French: 

haiku in Linear A wine mother earth

Originally written in 2017, and reposted here... 


Translation of  Knossos Linear B tablet KN 552 R o 03 by Rita Roberts:

knossos linear b tablet kn 552 r o 03


The ancient Greek alphabetical numeric system:

ancient greek numerals

This chart illustrates both the ancient Greek acrophonic and alphabetical numeric systems. However, the acrophonic system, used primarily in Classical Athens ca. 500 – 400 BCE, came much later than the alphabetical system. So in effect we must resort to the only Greek numeric system we can use to represent numbers in Mycenaean Greek numbers, i.e. the alphabetical system. The alphabetical numbers are displayed in the second column after the modern numbers, 1 – 100,000 in the following chart. Here are some examples of alphabetic numbers representing Mycenaean numbers: 

mycenaean numbers followed by their alphabetic greek equivalents




Translation of Linear B tablet KN 525 R l  24 by Rita Roberts

linear b tablet kn 525 r l 24 knossos


It is to be noted that the supersyllabogram TE, which appears in the text tagged 2. refers to the Linear B word TETUKUOWA = tetu/xu #oa, which literally translated means “well prepared” or “ready”, in other words “finished”  cloth or textile, in this case “finished wool”.



Rule 10b: Converting Linear B to Greek: Q series of syllabograms to Greek p & Rule 10c: Converting Linear B to Greek: Q series of syllabograms to Greek b:

q series b p



Rule 10a: Converting Linear B to Greek: Q series of syllabograms to Greek k:

q series k



Translation of Linear B tablet KN 594 R b 10 on textiles by Rita Roberts:


Linear B tablet KN 574 R b 10


Translation of Linear B tablet KN 560 R l 12 by Rita Roberts:

KN 560 R l 132


Translation of Knossos tablet KN 529 R x 11 by Rita Roberts:

KN 529 R x 11


Translation of Knossos tablet KN 527 R l 51 by Rita Roberts:

KN 527 R l 51


hieroglyphics
in the blazing sun
burning my eyes out

haiku hieroglyphics Karnak

hieroglyphiques
sous le soleil brûlant 
qui me brûlent les yeux

Richard Vallance

Translation of Linear B tablet KN 528 R l 22 by Rita Roberts:

KN 528 R l 22

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