LiBER (Linear B Electronic Resources) is a CNR-ISMA project which aims at producing an integrated database of Linear B documents, with the ultimate goal of providing scholars, and all those who are interested in the Mycenaean world, with an updated edition of the Linear B documents, along with a new set of search tools.
The Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP) was founded in 1986 by Thomas G. Palaima as a research center pertaining to the use of writing in Minoan Crete (Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A ca. 1850-1450 BCE), Mycenaean Greece and Mycenaeanized Crete (Linear B ca. 1450-1200 BCE) and the island of Cyprus (Cypro-Minoan in the Bronze Age and Cypriote Syllabic script in the historical period ca. 1500-1200 BCE and 750-225 BCE respectivley).
DĀMOS (Database of Mycenaean at Oslo) aims at being an annotated electronic corpus of all the published Mycenaean texts, the earliest (ca. XV-XII B.C.) written evidence of the Greek language, comprised of inscriptions in the Linear B syllabic script.
While there has been much debate about the underlying language of Linear A (LinA) (also 線文字A, Γραμμικη Α), I disagree that LinA does not resemble a known language. Despite its similarities to Japanese, historical linguists dismiss a correlation for at least two reasons: they cite both (1) the universally held belief that LinA is an Indo-European language and (2) the apparent lack of genetic evidence.
De manière générale, on croit que la plupart des textes en linéaire B sont des documents administratifs d’une société extrêmement bureaucratique. On croit que les séries des phonèmes ne sont pas lisibles de manière monosyllabique en raison de la méthode statistique employée par M. Ventris dans son déchiffrement.
Dans les années 50, Michael Ventris a déchiffré l’écriture mycénienne appelée Linéaire B. L’espoir était grand de trouver, dans l’écriture sur ces tablettes en argile, d’importantes informations anthropologiques sur cette culture, matrice de la civilisation occidentale, qui a habité l’île de Crète ainsi que des citadelles mycéniennes du T.M.II jusqu’à la destruction du dernier niveau de la citadelle de Mycènes (de 1450 à 1100 ACN).
Welcome to the searchable Linear B transliterations! This is an online repository of the Linear B inscriptions from Mycenaean Crete and Greece, and includes cross-linking to definitions of ideograms and sign groups in the 3.5-millenia-old writing system of Linear B.
Welcome to the online version of the Studies in Mycenaean Inscriptions and Dialect (SMID). SMID is an analytical bibliography of Mycenaean text studies, including short summaries of scholarly works, cross-references of reviews, and indices of Linear B and Linear A signs, words and texts, as well as a fully cross-referenced subject index.
The DBAS project, the acronym of “Data Bases about Aegean Subjects”, starts in 2005 as a complex research tool for the study of specific themes, regarding the Aegean and the East Mediterranean areas in the pre-classical period, from the idea that a complete statistical analysis of the data of interest could be highly beneficial. Promoted by the University of Florence, this project has contributions by historians, philologists, archaeologists and computer scientists, both from the University of Florence and other Institutions.
This website, published by John Younger of the Department of Classics of the University of Kansas, provides a brief introduction to the script, transliterations of all the major Linear A texts from Crete and the Aegean, a comprehensive bibliography of related publications from 1980 and a series of free downloadable fonts for Macintosh and Windows users of all the ancient Aegean scripts (Hieroglyphic, Linear A, Linear B and the Phaistos disc).