Linear B Show & Tell # 5: Girls & Bath by Rita Roberts


Linear B Show & Tell # 5:  Girls & Bath (Click to ENLARGE):

Show&Tell # 5 girls taking a bath

Of course, all those lovely Minoan girls would have taken plenty of baths, washing their gorgeous ringlets, and perfuming themselves, so that they would always remain attractive to those handsome Minoan boys!

Rita Roberts

Linear B Show & Tell # 4: Amphora Decorated with Spirals


 

Linear B Show & Tell # 4:  Amphora Decorated with Spirals (Click to ENLARGE):

Mycenaean Linear B aporowewe amphora decorated with spirals

Anyone who is at all familiar with Minoan-Mycenaean architectural, fresco and pottery designs knows fully well that the Minoans and Mycenaeans were quite crazy about spirals in their beautiful designs, which proliferate above all else on their exquisite pottery: pithoi (huge storage jars, as seen at Knossos, used to store olive oil and many other commodities), amphorae, vases, jars, bowls, drinking vessels, you name it.

Here is a composite of more exquisite examples + the word for “cup” (Click to ENLARGE):

Kamares Middle Minoan Mycenaean octopus wine cup Minoan Dolphiin Oinos wine cup



			

Linear B Show & Tell # 2: Goat & Priestess of the Winds by Richard


Linear B Show & Tell # 2: Goat & Priestess of the Winds by Richard (Click to ENLARGE):

Aiza and Anemoiereya
Frankly, I don't really know why I paired “goat” with “Priestess of the Winds”, except that it seemed like “a good idea at the time”. Or maybe she just had a thing for goats. Of course, it is entirely feasible that the Minoans & Mycenaeans used to sacrifice goats to her.

Richard


Linear B Show & Tell # 1: Temple & Zeus by Rita Roberts


Linear B Show & Tell # 1: Temple & Zeus by Rita Roberts (Click to ENLARGE):

Show & Tell # 1 Temple & Zeus
We all remember how much fun it was to learn new words when we were kids.  Yes, with “Show & Tell”.  So Rita Roberts, my co-conspirator and I, decided we would do the same for all of us, start a “Show & Tell” show right here on Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae, for those of us who really don't have the spare time to learn all of the Linear B syllabary, but who would like to at least recognize by sight some of the significant vocabulary in Mycenaean Linear B. So have fun, and feel free to download any of the “Show & Tell” posts that particularly fascinate you.  This is the first of many posts Rita will be contributing to our blog, so let's all welcome her aboard.

Richard