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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-30

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Research shows link between earliest written forms of Greek, Linear A, B

  • [01] Research shows link between earliest written forms of Greek, Linear A, B

    AMNA / Researchers confirmed that the language on Phaestus Disk, one of the earliest Minoan artefacts, is related to Linear B, the earliest recorded Greek script, and uploaded their report on the web on Friday.

    The Disk, still undeciphered, is written in Linear A, one of two scripts used on Crete as early as 2000 BC.

    Researchers Gareth Owens and John Coleman put up their results on the Technical University of Crete site, Phaestus Mayor Maria Petrakogiorgi announced.

    Released a day before the commemmoration of Crete's union with Greece 99 years ago, research results confirmed the continuity of Greek civilisation, according to Owens, who also thanked the municipality for its support in the research.

    According to the report, which drew connections with Linear B, a hieroglyphic script used widely in Mycenaean Greece, "the links between hieroglyphics and Linear A/B are relatively uncontroversial, even though not clear in every case".

    It added that the hypothesis of connections between Crete and mainland Linear languages was confirmed, as it is now accepted practice to associate Linear A symbols with Linear B values."amna


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