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Cypriot Script
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The Cypriot script (CS), probably a further development of the  Cypro-Minoan scripts [1; 2], is a syllabic script, related to  Linear B, with signs for vowels and open syllables. Their common origin is apparent in signs which correspond not only in form, but also in phonetic value (lo/ro, na, pa, po, se, ta/da, to, ti). In contrast with Linear B, CS is a purely syllabic script (without ideograms). There are also minor differences in the orthographic rules: in CS, t and d are not differentiated (i-ta-te = Attic ἐνθάδε), whereas r and l are (lu-sa-to-ro = Attic gen. Λυσάνδρο…

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Hintze, Almut (Cambridge), “Cypriot Script”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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