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The Beginning

  • Mycenaean civilization
  • thirteenth century BC
  • Linear B script
  • Linear B is a syllabary, not an alphabet


Linear B Script


Minoan Civilization of Crete

  • used a similar syllabary known as Linear A
  • Linear A has not been deciphered
  • Linear A and Linear B look similar enough
  • Tablets written using the Linear B script begin to appear only after the decline of the Minoan culture following the eruption of Thera (a volcanic island= Santorini).


Linear B Syllabary


Linear B Logograms

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