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Cretan Hieroglyphic Script
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The Cretan Hieroglyphic is a script that was employed during the first half of the 2nd millennium BCE in Crete. It was mostly used for administrative purposes and is attested on clay documents and stone seals. Although undeciphered, it is believed that the majority of its signs stood for syllables, while others stood for whole words; it also denoted numbers and fractions.

The Cretan Hieroglyphic script is one of three (possibly four) writing systems used on the island of Crete between 2000/1900 and 1700/1650 BCE (see: Phaistos Disc; Linear…

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Artemis Karnava, “Cretan Hieroglyphic Script”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000479>
First published online: 2013

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