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Linear A
(472 words)

[German version]

Linear script with mostly simple character shapes, predominantly attested on Crete: in Hagia Triada (archive with c.150 clay tablets), Knossos, Phaestus, Mallia, Arkhanes, Khania, Zakros and a sanctuary on Mount Iuktas; further in Tiryns, on Cythera, the Cyclades (Melos, Keos, Thera), in Miletus, Troy, Samothrace, Lachish, etc., overall on more than 25 sites. Today, the corpus comprises over 1,400 texts with about 700 word entities (including names), overall 7,300 characters. Linear A is written from left to right (rarely boustrophedon, script), and consists …

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Neumann, Günter (Würzburg), “Linear A”, 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 19 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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