Re: Mycenaean Linear B Ideograms Level 5.1 Advanced/Military B 230 – 259

Re: Mycenaean Linear B Ideograms Level 5.1 Advanced/Military B 230 – 259:


For some time now I have been studying the Linear B Military Ideogram no 259 and could not think or even imagine what it could possibly be.

It was only when I recently had cause to refresh my memory as to the Military ideograms in readiness for the next Linear B  Translation I have to work on that it suddenly appeared to me this ideogram may quite possibly resemble a “bow and arrow”. Could this be I wondered, or is it meant to be just a bow?

My Research: 

With this image in mind I carried out my research hoping to find some proof of my idea by first consulting ‘Wikimedia Commons’ but here I found no evidence except for the actual ideogram as above, but with no meaning. The only significant information I found was on SALIMBETI.COM “The Greek age of Bronze”. Here there was  one picture (see below) of a man with a simple curved bow which I thought looked anything near the ideogram 259, if in fact, it corresponds to what I think it to be. If not, maybe someone else may have an idea what this Ideogram 259 could be. There is more info about bows but more to do with Hunting on the site mentioned
Man with a Simple curved bow (Seal from Malia)

   Minoan simple curved bow

Rita Roberts

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5 thoughts on “Re: Mycenaean Linear B Ideograms Level 5.1 Advanced/Military B 230 – 259”

    1. Well, exactly, and that is why Rita Roberts assigned the value she did to the ideogram. Rita is an experienced archaeologist, and the fact that she discovered this illustration in the first place frankly floored me. I have NEVER seen it anywhere on the Internet, but then again Rita has a knack for ferreting out the most astonishing illustrations from the Internet on practically anything and everything related to Minoan & Mycenaean civilization, as can been seen from the 1,100 + PINS she has posted on the PINTEREST site which I handed over to her to moderate long ago, since I have next to no knowledge of ancient archaeology myself, apart from what Rita has taught me. Tit for tat. I have expertise in Linear B & C linguistics, and Rita has it archaeology. How well we complement one another.


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