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Cypro-Minoan Scripts
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Term coined by Arthur Evans to describe the late Bronze Age Cypriot linear scripts related to  Linear A [1. 69f.] ( Cyprus). The writing system is presumed to have been syllabic, but the texts are still largely undeciphered. Differences in writing modus, form of signs, and sign inventory have led to the distinction of three variants [2. 11-17]: (a) Cypro-Minoan (= CM) 1, (b) CM 2, (c) CM 3.

On (a): From the late 16th to 11th cents. BC, texts in CM 1 are found all over Cyprus and also in north Syrian Ras Šamra ( Ugarit). The signs are painted on or respectively incised in…

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Hintze, Almut (Cambridge), “Cypro-Minoan Scripts”, 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 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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