MYCENAEAN (Linear b) – ENGLISH Glossary (Ι)

The Linear B is the first Greek writing system. This was used between the 14 th and 12 th century B.C..Linear B was first deciphered by Michael G. Ventris, in 1952. Linear B was found initially at Knossos in Crete island and the other centers of Mycenaen civilization on Greek mainland, Pylos, Mycenes, Thiba Tyrintha. The script was found in the form of clay tablets.The Linear B was used for writing by the Mycenaen and consists about 90 signs, each representing a syllable and there are signs for vowels a, e, i, o, u. Also there are arithmetic sings.

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6 Responses to MYCENAEAN (Linear b) – ENGLISH Glossary (Ι)

  1. vallance22 says:

    Dear Friends! It is very encouraging to see you place the Mycenaean Linear B-English Glossary online in .jpg format, which makes it a lot easier for folks to read and print. However, I would like to point out that, in my perusal and close study of the glossary, I have come across a number of errors in the Linear B vocabulary, which I myself would like to tackle at some point in the near future on my new blog: Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae, where I am developing an entirely new and highly systematic approach to the study of Linear B, a Theory of Progressive Linear B Grammar & Vocabulary, which I will be gradually constructing over the next 2 years, as it is a huge undertaking. I do all this to honour the memory and magnificent achievement of Michael Ventris’ decipherment of Linear B Tablet Pylos 641-1952 in July 1952. I am adding your glossary page to my LINKS at the bottom of my Blog, and I sincerely hope that you will visit my Blog, in the expectation that you will find much there to fascinate you and whet your interest.

    Thanks Richard (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

  2. vallance22 says:

    Hello again from Richard Vallance. I would just like to point out that I have made a close study of this generally excellent glossary. But there is a caveat. It contains a number of errors in the Linear B syllabograms for certain words, which can mis-lead would be users of the glossary. I would be happy to share my discoveries with you eventually, once I have tagged them all. Thanks. Richard

  3. vallance22 says:

    Be very careful, folks. There are some major errors in the Mycenaean Linear B – English Glossary (at least 24). These are all flagged on my Blog, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae:


      • vallance22 says:

        Hi Hygeia. There is a serious problem with attempting to do this, as I am bound to really offend the original author, who should have known better. This glossary is SO misleading that it is bound to draw new students of Linear B into errors they cannot possibly foresee. However, help is on the way. Along with my research associate at our blog, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae (now the largest Linear B blog on the Internet, in less than two years of existence), I shall be constructing the largest and most comprehensive English-Mycenaean Greek Lexicon ever to have been published. But this is going to take at least 2 years. In the meantime, we shall be publishing the FIRST section of our Lexicon by this summer, An English-Mycenaean Greek Lexicon of Military Affairs, which alone should contain 500 entries at the minimum. If you like, you can contact me at: – so that we may correspond on a more regular basis.

        PS I am giving a ground-breaking talk on Linear B at the Pultusk Academy of the Humanities, University of Warsaw, June 30-July 2, 2015. For more on this, see:

  4. vallance22 says:

    Be very careful! This glossary is riddled with errors. If you are going to use a Mycenaean Greek, I strongly advise you check out the Linear B Lexicon by Chris Tselentis, which is far superior. Richard Vallance Janke, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

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