Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


8 September 2012

Alice E. Kober Correspondence now online

Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP), University of Texas at Austin

The Alice E. Kober Correspondence, 336 letters in all, is now available in the University of Texas Digital Repository (UTDR):

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Alice E. Kober (1906-1950) was a Classical scholar and academician whose fastidiously detailed and documented life’s work contributed to the decipherment of Linear B. Research material, publications, manuscripts, lectures, correspondence, and professional material are included in the approximately 188,825 items that comprise the Alice E. Kober Papers (1932-1950). The bulk of the items support the decipherment of Linear B while correspondence, lectures, and professional material add context to the research material. Until just days before Kober’s death from cancer at the age of 43, she employed a unique heuristic approach that proved conclusively the Mycenaean script (circa 1500-1100 BC) is inflected. Her findings and methods were subsumed by Michael Ventris (1922-1956) who in 1952 successfully deciphered Linear B as a syllabic language of archaic Greek etymology.

The Alice E. Kober archive is housed in the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP), Department of Classics, The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Thomas G. Palaima is the director of PASP.


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