This Monday morning, I received an unexpected phone call from the curator of the antiquities collection at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, with remarkable news: the elderly Professor Ashley, who had retired to Wellington some years ago from his post at Miskatonic University, had died, and bequeathed his significant private collection to … Continue reading A New Linear B Tablet in Wellington
The study of the Aegean Bronze Age owes a great deal to Homer. Schliemann went looking for Troy because of him, excavated Mycenae because of him, and thought that his discoveries vindicated the Blind Bard of Chios, revealing the truth behind the hexameter. He found, indeed, exactly what he'd been looking for - or at … Continue reading Myth and History
Yesterday's word of the day was unusually colourful: Word of the day: ku-mo-no-so, a man's name plausibly interpreted as Γυμνόρσος, "bare-assed." pic.twitter.com/t6QXulJElN — e-pe-me-ri (@e_pe_me_ri) August 13, 2017 From this, one follower remarked that he must have been an unfortunate sort to deserve such a name, and asked what we know about him; when I … Continue reading Mycenaean Shepherds: Nasty, Brutish, and Short?
As a result of beginning to read Iliad 16 as part of a reading group, combined with a mischievous streak that led to a fondness for Analyst interpretations, I found myself this past weekend sitting down with Page's History and the Homeric Iliad. This is perhaps the best way to read it; it does not stand up … Continue reading History and the Linear B Tablets
Last Wednesday, Tim Whitmarsh tweeted something that looked fun and innocuous: This is a very classics-geeky game. Can you identify this story? 🎤🎼🎸🎶👏🏦🤑⛵😟🗡💦🐬🇬🇷 #emojigreek — Tim Whitmarsh (@Twhittermarsh) July 19, 2017 The classicists of Twitter then took it and ran with it (especially Helen Forte), and retellings of Greek myths in emoji, the ubiquitous pictographic script … Continue reading Linear B and Emojis
I've wanted to make some Linear B biscuits in the manner of cuneiform cookies for quite a while now, and finally got around to it this weekend. I'm not the first to do this, and I took my lead from Philip Boyes (see his posts here and here), using Dutch speculaas as a base rather than gingerbread (using, as he … Continue reading Linear B(iscuits): Sheep and Pigs and Chariots, Oh My!
This Easter morning, as is my wont, I stumbled blearily down the stairs in search of a cup of coffee. However, when I reached the base of the stairs, I was surprised to see what appeared to be a basket sitting on the dining table; upon closer examination, my initial impression was vindicated: it was a … Continue reading A Linear B Inscribed Egg (WN Eg 1)
The first post here was about the dissemination of bad information through the internet; this one takes the opposite tack, providing a collection of links to good, online resources for studying Linear B. This post will be as exhaustive as I can make it, but please do let me know if I've missed anything. While … Continue reading Online Resources for the Study of Linear B
It has become so cliché as to seem barely worth mentioning that the internet has been both good and bad for the spread of knowledge. So much is especially true of the Aegean Bronze Age, between new-age appropriations of the Minoans as the first iteration of the flower power movement and the siren's song of undeciphered scripts … Continue reading On The Dangers of Bad Linear B Scholarship