Mycenaean Script and Language
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‘Mycenaean’ is the modern name given to the language of the oldest Greek texts known to date. Their script, Linear B, a syllabary of 88 signs, was deciphered in 1952. Most of the Mycenaean records are bookkeeping documents written by the clerks who managed the Greek kingdoms…

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Yves Duhoux, “Mycenaean Script and Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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