Undeciphered tablets and undeciphered territories: a comparison of late Minoan IB archives

Kyriakidis, Evangelos (2003) Undeciphered tablets and undeciphered territories: a comparison of late Minoan IB archives. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society, 49 . pp. 118-129. ISSN 0068-6735. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In this article I follow Schoep’s points of evidence as presented in the first half of a recent article where she focuses on the Linear A evidence from various sites, and especially Haghia Triadha, Zakro and Khania. These tablets show considerable variation in various respects, mainly between the three ‘archives’ (simply here meaning tablet concentration). However, the differences between ‘archives’ to be comparable, it must be demonstrated that they play a structurally similar role in the respective administrations. The recording of commodities is comparable only when it is demonstrated that similar administrative stages for the same commodity are being considered. The way scribes work can be compared when the work of scribes who play similar roles in the respective bureaucracies is being compared. As we shall see below, however, most of the points of variation between the Linear A archives do not compare like to like. In this article most variations are explained either as results of the comparison between different parts or stages of similar centralized bureaucracies, or as minor and predictable differences between otherwise similar bureaucracies, such as scribal idiosynchracies, and differences of dialect.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DF Greece
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Evangelos Kyriakidis
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2008 07:18
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 10:02
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/8273 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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