Linear B

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Linear B
NAMA Linear B tablet of Pylos.jpg
Syllabary with additional ideograms
Leids Mycenaean Greek
Time period
Late Bronze Age
Status Extinct
Parent systems
Linear A
  • Linear B
Sister seestems
Cypro-Minoan syllabary
Direction Left-to-right
ISO 15924 Linb, 401
Unicode alias
Linear B

Linear B is a syllabic script that wis uised for writin Mycenaean Greek, the earliest attestit form o Greek. The script predates the Greek alphabet bi several centuries. The auldest Mycenaean writing dates tae aboot 1450 BC.[1] It is descendit frae the aulder Linear A, an undeciphered earlier script uised for writin the Minoan leid, as is the later Cypriot syllabary, which an aa recordit Greek. Linear B, foond mainly in the palace archives at Knossos, Cydonia,[2] Pylos, Thebes an Mycenae,[3] disappeared wi the faw o Mycenaean ceevilisation during the Late Bronze Age collapse. The succeedin period, kent as the Greek Dark Ages, provides na evidence o the uise o writin. It is an aa the anerly ane o the prehistoric Aegean scripts tae hae been deciphered, bi Inglis airchitect an self-taucht linguist Michael Ventris.[4]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "New Linear B tablet found at Iklaina". Comité International Permanent des Études Mycéniennes, UNESCO. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. Hogan, C. Michael (2008). "Cydonia". The Modern Antiquarian. Julian Cope. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  3. Wren, Linnea Holmer; David J. Wren; Janine M. Carter (1986). Perspectives on Western Art: Source Documents and Readings from the Ancient Near East Through the Middle Ages. Westview Press. p. 55. ISBN 9780064301541.