Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

The purpose of this blog is to illustrate the magnificent civilizations of Knossos, Late Minoan III (ca. 1450 BCE) & Mycenae (ca. 1350 BCE), and to offer insights into the Linear B syllabary, which was imported from Mycenae & used at the Palace of Knossos in the Late Minoan III Period. Unlike its predecessor, Linear A (the Minoan syllabary), which has yet to be properly deciphered, Linear B was the first script ever used to write the earliest extant Greek we know of. Linear B was deciphered by the British architect and genius, Michael Ventris (1922-1956), with the assistance of John Chadwick (1920-1998), between 1951 and 1953.

Michael Ventris 1922-1956

Initially, there will be 3 sections to this blog:

1. The Palace of Knossos, Late Minoan III (ca. 1450 BCE)


2. The Citadel of Mycenae, Late Helladic (ca. 1350 BCE)

both of which I visited in May 2012, and where I took 100s of photos, some of which are found on the blog.

3. The study and analysis of Linear B as a syllabary, and the eventual publication of my own Glossary of Linear B.


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Richard Vallance, April 2013