• The mystery of the Mycenaean “labyrinth”: the value of Linear B pu2 and related signs

    Author(s):
    Anna P. Judson (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Archaeology, Classical Philology and Linguistics
    Subject(s):
    Aegean prehistoric archaeology, Epigraphy, Greek language, Writing systems
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Aegean prehistory, Linear A, Linear B, Mycenaean Greek, writing system
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/1ffd-a197
    Abstract:
    This article re-examines the evidence for the value of the Linear B sign pu2, in particular its appearance in the term da-pu2-ri-to- ‘labyrinth’, and demonstrates that it stands specifically for the value /phu/ (contrary to the usual assumption that it represents both /phu/ and /bu/). It then discusses the further implications of this conclusion, in particular for the interpretation of the undeciphered signs *56 and *22, which are often assigned to the same series as pu2, as well as any other similar signs which may exist. This discussion illustrates the crucial impact that establishing a single sign’s value may have on the wider understanding of the Linear B script, as well as on its relationship with its parent script Linear A and even the possibility of reconstructing aspects of the Minoan language.
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    Published
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