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My Linear A & B Blog

The Linear A eBook I published in 2011. Very dry technical reference, but hopefully will become useful as a cross-reference as it evolves. Includes facsimiles of many of the clay tablets from Hagia Triada.

The Linear B data project I'm working on.

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dead and ancient languages interest me

modern languages: english, russian, spanish (all in moderation)

A pithos is a large clay jar. Like so.

A polythyra is a pier-and-door partition. Like so.

Reading to date[edit]

Ancient History[edit]

  • Casson, Lionel
    • 1991 The Ancient Mariners

Ancient Egypt & Egyptian[edit]

  • Casson, Lionel
    • 2001 Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt
  • Faulkner, Raymond
    • 1972 A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian
  • Lichteim, Miriam
    • 1973 Ancient Egyptian Literature Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms
  • Zauzich, Karl-Theodor
    • 1992 Hieroglyphs without Mystery: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Writing

Greece & Greek[edit]

  • Nikolic, Milorad
    • 2011 Mnemosyne Ser. IV Vol. LXIV Fasc. 3 "An Investigation of Vitruvius' Technical Vocabulary Relating to Water Conduits and Pipelines in De. arch. 8.6.6-9: vis spiritus and colluviaria (Re)examined"

Linear A[edit]

  • Anderson, W. French
    • 1958 American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) vol. 62 "Arithmetical Procedure in Minoan Linear A and in Minoan-Greek Linear B" p. 363-368 review, JSTOR
  • Bennett, Emmett Jr.
    • 1950 American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) vol. 54 "Fractional Quantities in Minoan Bookkeeping"
    • 1980 Kadmos vol. 19 "Linear A Fractional Retractation"
  • Godart, Louis and Jean-Pierre Olivier
    • Recueil des inscriptions en linéaire A (GORILA) vol. 1-5
  • Gordon, Glen
  • Hallager, Erik
    • 1996 Aegaeum 14 "The Minoan Roundel and other Sealed Documents in the Neopalatial Linear A Administration"
  • Packard, David
    • 1974 Minoan Linear A
  • Palmer, Ruth
    • 1995 Politeia "Linear A Commodities: a Comparison of Resources"
  • Schoep, Ilse
    • 2002 Suplementos a MINOS no. 17 "The Administration of Neopalatial Crete: A Critical Assessment of the Linear A Tablets and Their Role in the Administrative Process" comments
  • Tomas, Helena
    • 2001 Opvscvla Archaeolgica Papers of the Department of Archaeology vol. 25 "The Administration of Haghia Triada"
  • Was, Daniël
    • 1981 Kadmos vol. 20 "The land-tenure texts of Hagia Triada"
  • Zeke, András

Linear B[edit]

  • Aura Jorro, Fracisco
    • 1996 Attí e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia vol. I Philology “El léxico micénico y su evolución al primer milenio: proyecto y metodología” wnxiv.37-38
  • Bartonek, Antonín
    • 1996 Attí e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia vol. I Philology “The Mycenaean Language and Dialect” wnxiv.11-21
  • Bennett, Emmett L., Jr. and Jean-Pierre Olivier
    • 1976 The Pylos Tablets Transcribed Part II: Hands, Concordances, Indices
    • 1973 The Pylos Tablets Transcribed
  • Bernabé, Alberto
    • 1996 Attí e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia vol. I Philology “Estructura del léxico micénico sobre el carro y sus partes” wnxiv.43-44
  • Buzalkovska-Aleksova, Margarita
    • 1996 Attí e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia vol. I Philology “Is apocope in Mycenaean Greek possible?” wnxiv.44-49
  • Carratelli, Ioannes Pugliese
    • 1964 Documenta Mycenaea
  • Chadwick, John
    • 1988 Texts, Tablets and Scribes: Studies in Mycenaean Epigraphy and Economy Offered to Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. (Suplementos a MINOS num. 10) "The Women of Pylos"
  • Chadwick, John and Theodoros Spyropoulos
    • 1975 The Thebes Tablets II
  • Chadwick, John and Michael Ventris
    • 1973 Documents in Mycenaean Greek
  • Davies, Anna Morpurgo
    • 1999 Floreant Studia Mycenaea, Proceedings of the Tenth Mycenaean Colloquium “The Morphology of Personal Names in Mycenaean and Greek: Some Observations”
  • del Barrio Vega, M. Luisa
    • 1996 Attí e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia vol. I Philology “Algunas consideraciones sobre los silabogramas complejos” wnxiv.38-43
  • Duhoux, Yves and Anna Morpurgo Davies (editors)
    • 2008 A Companion Guide to Linear B: Mycenaean Greek Texts and Their World vol. 1
  • Georgiev, Vladimir
    • 1956 Études Mycéniennes Gif-sur-Yvette, 3-7 Avril 1956 “La valeur phonétique de quelques signes du syllabaire Créto-Mycénien B”
  • Godart, Louis & Anna Sacconi
    • 1978 Les Tablettes en Lineaire B de Thebes
  • Hallager, Erik, Birgitta P. Hallager and Maria Vlasakis
    • 1990 Kadmos 29 "The first Linear B tablet(s) from Khania"
    • 1992 Kadmos 31 "New Linear B tablets from Khania"
  • Hart, G.R.
    • 1965 Mnemosyne vol. 18 "The Grouping of Place-Names in the Knossos Tablets"
  • Henle, Jane Elizabeth
    • 1953 A Study in Word Structure in Minoan Linear B
  • Ilievski, Petar Hr.
    • 1996 Attí e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia vol. I Philology “The Mycenaean Personal Names in -to with regard to the derivatives from verbal adjectives” wnxiv.21-32
  • James, Sarah
    • 2002-2003 Minos vol. 37-38 "The Thebes Tablets and the Fq Series: a Contextual Analysis"
  • Killen, J.T.
    • 1964 Annual of the British School at Athens (BSA) no. 59 “The Wool Industry of Crete in the Late Bronze Age”
    • 1983 Concilium Eirene XVI “TA and DA” comments
    • 1984 Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici (SMEA) 25 “Last Year's Debts on the Pylos Ma Tablets”
    • 1994-95 Minos 29-30 “A Note on Pylos Tablet Ma 120”
    • 2000-2001 Minos 35-36 "A Note on Pylos Tablet Un 1482"
    • 2000-2001 Minos 35-36 "A Note on Knossos Tablet L 5561"
  • Killen, J.T. and Jean-Pierre Olivier
    • 1989 The Knossos Tablets 5th Ed.
  • Kober, Alice
    • 1948 American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) vol. 52 "The Minoan Scripts: Fact and Theory"
  • Kölligan, Daniel
    • 2000-2001 Minos 35-36 "Myk. qe-re-qo-ta, Alph.-Gr. Τηλεβόλος"
  • Leukart, Alex
    • 1987 Tractata Mycenaea “Mycenaean O-NU-KA, O-NU-KE, etc.: A concealed root-compound?” comments
  • Levin, Saul
    • 1964 The Linear B Decipherment Re-Examined quotes
  • Melena, José
    • 1983 Minos vol. 18 "Olive Oil and Other Sorts of Oil in the Mycenaean Tablets"
    • 2000-2001 Minos 35-36 "24 Joins and Quasi-joins of Fragments in the Linear B Tablets from Pylos"
    • 2000-2001 Minos 35-36 "63 Joins and Quasi-joins of Fragments in the Linear B Tablets from Pylos"
  • Mexas, Haris
  • Neuman, Günter
    • 1996 Attí e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia vol. I Philology “Zur schaffung der zeichen *91 TWO und *62 PTE von Linear B” wnxiv.32
  • Palaima, Thomas
    • 1996 Attí e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia vol. I Philology “‘Contiguities’ in the Linear B Tablets from Pylos” wnxiv.3-9
  • Ruipérez, Martín
    • 1987 Tractata Mycenaea “Subjunctive Forms in Mycenaean Texts” comments
  • Shelmerdine, Cynthia
    • 1973 American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) vol. 79 “The Pylos Ma tablets reconsidered”
  • van Algen, Peter
    • 1996-1997 Minos vol. 31-32 "The Linear B Inscribed Stirrup Jars as Links in an Administrative Chain"
  • Ventris, Michael
    • 1988 Work notes on Minoan language research and other unedited papers
  • Walberg, Gisela
    • 1992 Kadmos 31 "A Linear B Inscription from Midea"
  • Witczak, Krzysztof Tomasz
    • 1992 Kadmos 31 "The Phonetic Value of the Linear B Sign *47"
  • Woodard, Roger
    • 1997 Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet and the Continuity of Ancient Greek Literacy

Minoan & Mycenaean Art, Archaeology & History[edit]


  • Davaras, Costis
    • 1989 Gournia (Ministry of Culture Archaeological Receipts Fund)

Kato Zakros[edit]

  • Platon, Nicholas
    • Zakros: The Discovery of a Lost Palace of Ancient Crete


  • Michailidou, Anna
    • 1981 Knossos: a Complete Guide to the Palace of Minos
  • Driessen, Jan and Colin MacDonald


  • Shaw, Joseph W.
    • 2006 Kommos: A Minoan Harbor Town and Greek Sanctuary in Southern Crete
  • Shaw, Joseph W., Aleydis van de Moortel, Peter M. Day, and Vassilis Kilikoglou
    • A LM IA Ceramic Kiln in South-Central Crete: Function and Pottery Production (Hesperia Supplement)




  • Hadzi-Vallianou, Despina
    • 1989 Phaistos (Ministry of Culture Archaeological Receipts Fund)


  • Vasilakis, Antonis
    • 1997 Tylisos

Pattern Recognition[edit]

  • Korf, Ian, Mark Yandell and Joseph Bedell
    • 2003 BLAST
  • Kruskal, Joseph and David Sankoff
    • 1999 Time Warps, String Edits, and Macromolecules: The Theory and Practice of Sequence Comparison

Pirahã language and anthropology[edit]

  • Everett, Daniel L.
    • 2005 Current Anthropology vol. 46 "Cultural Constraints on Grammar and Cognition in Pirahã"
    • 2008 Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

Roman Art, Archaeology & History[edit]

  • Hodge, A. Trevor
    • 2002 Roman Aqueducts and Water Supply


  • Segert, Stanislav
    • 1984 A Basic Grammar of the Ugaritic Language

Xenolinguistic Science Fiction (for fun)[edit]

To Read[edit]

Egyptian Art, Archaeology & History[edit]

  • Arnold
    • 1990
    • 1991
  • Clarke and Engelbach
    • 1990
  • Helck, Wolfgang
    • 1973-4
  • Jenkins
    • 1980
  • Jones
    • 1988

Minoan & Mycenaean Art, Archaeology, History & Philology[edit]

  • Cucuzza, Nicola
    • 1991 Sileno vol. 17 “Mason’s Marks at Haghia Triada”
  • Graham, J. Walter
    • 1959 American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) vol. 63 "The Residential Quarter of the Minoan Palace"
    • 1960 American Journal of Archaeology (AJA) vol. 64 "Windows, Recesses and the Piano Nobiles in the Minoan Palaces"
  • Greenlaw, Cybelle
    • 2011 The Representation of Monkeys in the Art and Thought of Mediterranean Cultures: A new perspective on ancient primates
  • Haggis
    • 1999 From Minoan Farmers to Roman Traders Chaniotis (ed) “Staple Finance, Peak Sanctuaries, and Economic Complexity in Late Prepalatial Crete”
  • Lejeune, Michel
    • 1961 Revue de philologie (RPh) 35 "Essais de philologie mycénienne VI. Les dérivés en -ter-"
  • Manning
    • 1994 Development and decline in the Mediterranean Bronze Age Mathers & Stoddart (eds) “The Emergence of Divergence: Development and Decline on Bronze Age Crete and the Cyclades”
  • Parkinson & Galaty
    • 2010 Archaic State Interaction: The Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age
  • Shaw, Joseph
    • 2009 Minoan Architecture: Materials and Techniques. Studi di archeologia cretese
    • 1973 Annuario 33 "Minoan Architecture: Materials and Techniques"
  • Tsipopoulou
    • 2002 Monuments of Minos: rethinking the Minoan palaces Driessen, Schoep & Laffineur (eds) “Petras, Siteia: The Palace, the Town, the Hinterland and the Protopalatial Background”
  • Weingarten, Judith
    • 2000 (TBD; reidentifying stones previously identified as loom- and net-weights)

Linear A[edit]

  • Valério, Miguel
    • 2007 Kadmos vol. 46 "Diktaian Master: A Minoan Predecessor of Diktaian Zeus in Linear A?"
  • Uchitel, A., and M. Finkelberg
    • 1995 SMEA vol. 36 "Some Possible Identifications in the Headings of the Linear A Archives"