Linear B System of Enumeration (counting & accounting)

30 Aug

I have posted this for anyone who would like to follow Richard Vallance Linear B,Knossos & Mycenae who is teaching How to read Linear B. Script which I am doing myself (Excellent teaching)

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Linear B System of Enumeration (counting & accounting):

This post illustrates how the Mycenaean numeric system functions.  You can easily see that the system is quite straightforward, so much so in fact that it was simpler than both the ancient Greek and  (especially!) the clumsy Roman system of enumeration. This makes perfect sense, since the Linear B tablets were primarily used for palatial record keeping at Knossos, Mycenae, Pylos and other Mycenaean centres. Here is a sample of a simple Linear B tablet which lists a total of 8,640 swords (CLICK to enlarge):

Linear B system of enumeration + Tablet R 4482 arrows count

This post also introduces the concept of the Ideogram. An Ideogram is defined as “a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept”.  See Wikipedia, Ideogram: We must carefully distinguish between a Syllabogram, which is essentially a combination of a consonant + a vowel (DA,DE,KE,KI,MI,MO,SO,SU etc.), and an Ideogram, which is merely a symbol for…

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Linear B System of Enumeration (counting & accounting)

  1. dianabuja

    August 30, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Thanks, Rita – most interesting!


  2. nutsfortreasure

    August 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Very interesting indeed!

    How are you?


  3. ritaroberts

    August 30, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Yes ! I am enjoying working on this Linear B course. Richard Vallance is a brilliant teacher.



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