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Linear B
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Linear B is a syllabic writing system, which was used in the Aegean area during the Bronze Age to represent Mycenaean, an archaic variety of Greek. Arthur Evans coined this type of writing as Linear B, before the language that it represented was known. Within this nomenclature, which makes reference exclusively to the script and not to the language, ‘linear’ alludes to the linear disposition that the…

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Rachele Pierini, “Linear B”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000221>
First published online: 2013

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