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Our apparently esoteric Twitter account, Knossos KONOSO, is now attracting the Big Guns!.


Our seemingly Twitter account, Knossos KONOSO, is now attracting the Big Guns! Click to ENLARGE:

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I simply could not believe my eyes when I checked our Twitter Account:

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Earlier today, only to discover that in just the past week or so that we are starting to attract the really big guns on Twitter! I put together the collage of really big Twitter accounts you see above, and when I tallied up the total number of followers they all garnish together, the sum came to over 1,130,000 followers. This means, in plain and simple terms, that this many followers are already following our blog indirectly. Meanwhile, the number of our direct followers continues to grow at the rate of least 10 more per week, now sitting at 730. This is simply astonishing! Something tells me Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae has, as the old saying goes, arrived, suddenly and in a big way.

At the same time as this development has been occurring, our Linear B blog has risen to second place overall among Linear B blogs in a general Google search on “Mycenaean Linear B”, just behind Omniglot, Linear B Syllabary – the ancient script of Crete: Click the Google banner for search results:

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Quintus Smyrnaeus, The Fall of Troy, 3.649-51.

Homer, Iliad 22.304-5


Homer, Iliad 22.304-5.

Homer, Iliad 22.304-5


vallance22:

Very first post on SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE and most appropriate, if you ask me! Richard

Originally posted on Sententiae Antiquae:

“May I not die without a fight and without glory but after doing something big for men to come to learn about”

μὴ μὰν ἀσπουδί γε καὶ ἀκλειῶς ἀπολοίμην,

ἀλλὰ μέγα ῥέξας τι καὶ ἐσσομένοισι πυθέσθαι.

Hector prays to the gods before he faces Achilles and dies

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If ONLY we humans would finally GET IT! hardly likely! Richard

Originally posted on Sententiae Antiquae:

“Or do you not perceive that all men who live upon the earth will be set upon by irresistible, destructive Fate, who cares not about the gods, and who alone has such great power?”

῏Η οὐκ ἀίεις ὅτι πάντας ὅσοι χθονὶ ναιετάουσιν
ἀνθρώπους ὀλοὴ περιπέπταται ἄσχετος Αἶσα
οὐδὲ θεῶν ἀλέγουσα, τόσον σθένος ἔλλαχε μούνη;

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New Direct Link to Gretchen Leonhardt’s Linear B Blog, Knossos.net, which really deserves much more attention than it is getting!.


New Direct Link to Gretchen Leonhardt’s Linear B Blog, Knossos.net, which really deserves much more attention than it is getting! Click to visit her blog:

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I have just added a direct link to Gretchen Leonhardt’s Linear B Blog, Knossos.net, which has not been garnering the number of direct hits it is surely entitled to, and should definitely be getting. So for heaven’s sake, please visit her blog, and read her translations of Linear B tablets. Gretchen is a highly accomplished Linear B translator and decipherer of Linear B tablets. This Link always appears at the top of every page our our Blog. You simply click on Knossos.net to be referred directly to her site. 

I should inform you right up front that we rarely see eye to eye on methodology of decipherment and on our approaches to translation, which could not be more unalike if either of us tried. But that is scarcely the point. I for one encourage any and all competent translations of Linear B sources, whether or not I agree, partially agree, or disagree with them, even completely. As I have already made it clear on some of my previous commentaries on Gretchen’s translations of Linear B tablets, which have the virtue of being entirely consistent with her theoretical approach and with her won self-professed highly imaginative mental construct of what the script is all about (the only thing that really matters anyway), I am fundamentally very much at odds with her methodology, as can be seen here in my post on her translation of the famous “Ivory” Tablet, KN 684: Click Previous Post below to read that post:

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But this does not in the least imply that she is “wrong” or that I am “right”, or anything on the spectrum between these poles, because to assert that would be paramount to setting myself up as a know-it-all Linear B expert on translation, which I most certainly am not, anymore than any other Linear B translator in the whole wide world is. If anyone claims that he or she is the be-all-and-end-all of Linear B decipherers, then that poor soul should have his or her head examined, at the very least.

With all this in mind, I urge you to please visit Gretchen Leonhardt’s Linear B translation blog. She is also developing a fine Linear B Lexicon right on site, which you will certainly not want to miss out on. I for one am quite certain that I shall, sooner or later, need to ask Gretchen if she will allow Rita Roberts and myself to use at least a small number of her Lexicon entries when we get around to publishing our own Topical English-Mycenaean Linear B Value-Added Lexicon, which is to at least double the presently accepted Mycenaean Linear B vocabulary base from something like 2,500 attested vocabulary items (excluding personal names and toponyms) to at least 5,000 attested (A) and derived (D) Mycenaean Linear B words, if not considerably more than that by the time it is released in .PDF format sometime around 2017 or 2018. Should she agree to allow us to republish at least a few of her entries, she would naturally be fully credited under the provisions of International Copyright Law. 

Thank you

Richard 


We now have a direct link to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.


We now have a direct link to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum: Click on its Banner to VISIT:

Heraklion Archaeological Museum
You can visit the site of the prestigious Heraklion Archaeological Museum from this blog anytime you like, simply by clicking on the first item on the second line of our header links at the very top of this page or any page of of our blog:

Heraklion Archeological Museum

In addition, there is a Link to the Museum at the very bottom of this or any page on our blog, under the rubric, Friends & Links.

Richard


Rita Roberts’ Translation of Knossos Tablet K 1092, Rams at Ekzonos (Outside the Belt) & Sygrita.


Rita Roberts’ Translation of Knossos Tablet K 1092, Rams at Ekzonos (Outside the Belt) & Sygrita: Click to ENLARGE

Knossos Tablet K 1092 translated by Rita Roberts 2014
Rita’s translation of this particular tablet is as polished as are all of her translations. The only real difficulty Rita still has to deal with in deciphering Linear B tablets is that her first encounter with Greek, ancient or modern, was with Mycenaean Greek in Linear B, which is the exact reverse approach pretty much everyone on earth has to take when acquiring a knowledge of Greek... everyone that is to say except Rita. This just so happens to be greatly in her favour, though, because since she is obliged to decipher Linear B tablets straight into Mycenaean Greek, with no intermediary steps into ancient Greek getting in her way, she very often discovers meaning(s) for Linear B words which elude those of us who have a prior solid knowledge of ancient Greek, let alone modern. In other words, her translation do not suffer from bias which is far too often unnecessarily introduced by scholars of ancient Greek, such as myself, who also know Linear B. So Rita has tripped me up on more than one occasion, and she will again... and again... well, at least until she has to learn a little ancient Greek, at least enough to be able to read the ancient Greek equivalent texts of all the Linear B tablets we have posted so far on our blog (and that is scores of them!) and which we will be continuing to post.  For the time being, though, Rita can safely rest on her laurels. When the time comes for her to master at least a modicum of ancient Greek, she and I will as always work together as the fine team we are. 

I for one have not yet even mastered modern Greek, but it appears I shall have to, because although I can read it (sort of), I must be able to read the several articles which appear only in modern Greek on Linear A, B, C, the Iliad etc. Otherwise, I am going to miss out on some very important research. So as you can see, folks, both Rita and I are going to have to eventually “graduate” to the next level.


Richard




The Decipherment of Linear B: KN Wm 8499.

Quintus Smyrnaeus, 4.322


vallance22:

Great quote. I am reblogging this. In Mycenaean Linear B it would be written as: kudo e neo atoroqi pere ap akono aetero

Originally posted on Sententiae Antiquae:

“There is glory for the young man who contends and wins the prize.”

κῦδος γὰρ νέῳ ἀνδρὶ φέρειν ἀπ’ ἀγῶνος ἄεθλον.

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Is THAT a good idea, or a just a cop-out. I will have to investigate this myself in the next few days, and post my interpretation of this fragment, which I have never yet seen… oddly enough (for me, that is). One thing is certain. You CANNOT flip the thing upside down, so why reverse the order…. strange! Richard

Originally posted on Konosos:

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KN Wm 8499

The Philosopher’s Seal

A philosopher’s maxim
Scribe 103

The original transcribed order (pi-mo-no , na-ki-zo , pa-wo) has been changed to facilitate decipherment.

.α  pi-mo-no
.β  pa-wo
  na-ki-zo

  1. na-ki-zo | ναξο(ς) (naksos) | a solid
  2. pa-wo | φαῦο(ς) (pauos) (Aeolic) | light, daylight
  3. pi-mo-no | πήμονο(ς) (pemonos) | the bane of (gen. of πήμων)

.α  πήμονο
.β  φαῦος
.γ  ναξο

.α  The bane of
.β  light
.γ  [is] a solid.

Notes: This seal antedates Thales, the “Father of Philosophy”, by 300-600 years.

Hapaxi > na-ki-zo * pa-wo * pi-mo-no

Reference:

  1. Chadwick, John et al. 1998. Corpus of Mycenaean Inscriptions from Knossos, Vol. IV (8000-9947). Cambridge University Press.

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vallance22:

Modern Greek, folks, which I have finally decided I MUST learn, if I am to make further inroads with Mycenaean Linear B etc., since many modern articles on these topics are written in Greek! As if… Richard

Originally posted on WE THE ECOUMENISTS exontes zilon FOR AN OECOUMENIC POLIS:

(ΣΥΝΕΧΕΙΑ ΑΠΟ 6/03/14)

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ΠΑΝΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΙΟ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΑΣ
Δ.Π.Μ.Σ. στα Πληροφοριακά Συστήματα
Τεχνολογίες Επικοινωνιών και Δικτύων

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Extended Greek set EUI-64

Originally posted on WE THE ECOUMENISTS exontes zilon FOR AN OECOUMENIC POLIS:

(ΣΥΝΕΧΕΙΑ ΑΠΟ 16/03/14)

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ΠΗΓΗ http://old-courses.cn.ntua.gr/

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vallance22:

This is an astonishing beautiful collage of the MOIRE of apportioners, the Fates, which I am reblogging and commenting on, because I wish to add the Mycenaean Lineart B equivalnt in the next post, along with a repost of the Linear B fragment ERINU = Erynes . Richard

Originally posted on La Audacia de Aquiles:

►Greek Mythology: “The Moirae” (“The Three Fates”):

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"The Triumph of Death", or "The Three Fates". Flemish tapestry (probably Brussels, 1510-1520).

“The Triumph of Death”, or “The Three Fates”. Flemish tapestry (probably Brussels, 1510-1520).

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In Greek Mythology The Moirae or Moirai (in Greek Μοῖραι, meaning the “apportioners”, often called The Fates), were the three white-robed personifications of  Destiny (Roman equivalent: Parcae, “sparing ones”). They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things. 

Their number became fixed at three: Clotho, (spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (unturnable).

Clotho (“spinner”) spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the ‘Ninth’), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.

Lachesis (“allotter” or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Her Roman equivalent was Decima  (the ‘Tenth’).

Atropos (or Aisa, “inexorable” or “inevitable”) was the…

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Mycenean Finds from Bodrum


vallance22:

Important new finding! These were discovered in TURKEY, NOT Greece!

Originally posted on rogueclassicism:

From Hurriyet:

New artifacts have been found during excavations in Bodrum’s Ortakent and Gümüşlük neighborhoods. The artifacts will shed light on the history of Bodrum Peninsula, according to officials.

The Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum Director Emel Özkan said that they had discovered 49 artifacts from the Mycenean era.

“The number of Mycenean artifacts increased to 248 with these ones. This made our museum the richest one in terms of Mycenean artifacts among the Turkish museums,” she said.

Özkan said that the artifacts, which date back to 3,500 years ago, were very important for Anatolian history, adding, “The amphora and gifts found in this excavation show us that the necropolis area dates back to early bronze age. It was one the early era settlements in the western Anatolian.”

Özkan said skeletons found in the excavations were being examined by anthropologists and the artifacts would be displayed.

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vallance22:

This is fantastic news! I adore Sappho! I simply have to check this out! Richafd

Originally posted on Clio Ancient Art & Antiquities:

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