Eponyms or personal names in Mycenaean Linear B & Minoan Linear A followed by the ideogram for “man”
Eponyms or personal names in Mycenaean Linear B & Minoan Linear A followed by the ideogram for “man”:
In both Minoan Linear A and in Mycenaean Linear B there are ideograms for “man”. Of course, Mycenaean Linear B inherited its ideograms for “man”, “man seated” and “woman” from the single Minoan Linear A ideogram for “man”. The Linear B ideograms are much more flexible, allowing for gender, but nevertheless they are clearly offshoots of the Linear A ideogram for “man”. Yet that is not the important thing to note here. The key to the usage of ideograms for humans in both Linear A and Linear B is that they immediately follow the name(s) of the person or people they qualify. Thus, in the Linear B tablet below, we see no fewer than 18 names of men on 7 lines:
This figure clarifies the differences between the 3 ideograms for people in Linear B and the single ideogram in Linear A:
Finally, we have extracts from two Linear A tablets from Haghia Triada, HT 58 & HT 122b (the second part of HT 122):
on which the Minoan names Qetiradu and Yedi appear. As you can see, the formula for displaying names is practically identical in both Minoan Linear A and in Mycenaean Linear B, which inherited it from Linear A. This formula is: personal name + ideogram for man etc. This brings the number of Minoan words we have deciphered, more or less accurately, to 53.