summer haiku d’été – colourful willows = saules colorés colourful willows pepper your canvas – rippling grove saules colorés soyeux sur ta toile – verger au vent Richard Vallance Painting, “colorful willows”, acrylic on canvas, by Lanie Shanzyra Rebancos. Peinture, « saules colorés », acrylique sur toile, par Lanie Shanzyra Rebancos.
Minoan Linear A tablet ZA 8, atare = “a grove of fig trees” at Zakros: After spending considerable time wracking my brains out trying to figure out what atare on Minoan Linear A ZA 8 from Zakros could possibly mean, I finally came up with what I consider a rational solution. We note that no number of figs or fig trees follows the syllabogram NI, which designates figs in both Minoan Linear A and in Mycenaean Linear B, in which the actual word for “fig(s)” is suza. Given that Zakros in pre-Mycenaean Minoan times was probably a rather small outpost, the likelihood that there would be only 1 stand or grove of figs there stands up quite well to scrutiny. Of course, there is no way of saying for certain (far from it) that that is what arate means, but this is the route I have chosen to follow in deciphering the term. This is the sixty-first (61) term we have deciphered, more or less accurately, in Minoan Linear A. This is post 1,200 on our site since its inception in late 2013.