Linear B
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Abstract

Linear B is a syllabic writing system, which was used in the Aegean area during the Bronze Age to represent Mycenaean, an archaic variety of Greek. Arthur Evans coined this type of writing as Linear B, before the language that it represented was known. Within this nomenclature, which makes reference exclusively to the script and not to the language, ‘linear’ alludes to the linear disposition t…

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Rachele Pierini, “Linear B”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 23 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000221>
First published online: 2013



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