The Decipherment of Linear B: PY Ta 641

Folks, simply have to read Gretchen Leonhart’s superb translation of Pylos 641-1952, the very first tablet Michael Ventris deciphered. Just click on the Link in this post to jump to her Blog, Konoso, where you can read her translation in its entirety.

PY Ta 641

The Tripod Tablet

An inventory of vessels and contents
Scribe 2

Note the determinatives–tripods and vases–at the end of each line and the numerical correspondences of their projections to certain preceding words in each line.  For example, compare, with ti-ri-owe,  the vase with three projections.

.1a   ke-re-a2 *201 VAS[     [See the superscript at the end of the first line.]
.1b  ti-ri-po-de , a3-ke-u , ke-re-si-jo , we-ke *201VAS 2 ti-ri-po , e-me , po-de , o-wo-we *201VAS 1 ti-ri-po , ke-re-si-  jo , we-ke , a-pu , ke-ka-u-me-no[
.2  qe-to *203VAS 3 di-pa , me-zo-e , qe-to-ro-we *202VAS 1 di-pa-e , me-zo-e , ti-ri-o-we-e *202VAS 2 di-pa , me-wi-jo , qe-to-ro-we *202VAS 1 [
.3  di-pa , me-wi-jo , ti-ri-jo-we *202VAS 1 di-pa , me-wi-jo , a-no-we *202VAS 1

1. a3-ke-u |
2. a-no-we | ενος (enos) | last year’s, *one-year
3. a-pu | ἀφύ(ω) (aphuo) |…

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