My translation of Linear B Tablet KN 1540 Ok O1(xc) Knossos

28 Aug

Rita Roberts Trans KN 1540 0k O1 (xc) 2


This Linear B Tablet is the first of the many Military Affairs tablets from Knossos which my teacher has given me to translate. It is relatively easy except for the fact it is truncated (broken) on the right hand side, this leaves us up in the air as to the exact total of swords that the scribe has listed. It is therefore difficult to state the exact total of these swords on my translation which is as follows.


Translation :  There is a total of 50-51, maybe 52 large double edged swords.

Commentary by Richard  Vallance  Janke:-  This tablet is one in a series of several from Knossos which tally the “total number of swords” in a single range of inventories. The most notable fact about these tablets is that they all repeat the same formula over and over, with only the totals at variance. see further notes in this post.

Please read the rest of this translation on the link above.

Further note:-. Would my fellow bloggers please leave a comment or even a like on my blog also on Richard’s  blog.  Many thanks.


Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Uncategorized



4 responses to “My translation of Linear B Tablet KN 1540 Ok O1(xc) Knossos

  1. Aquileana

    August 30, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    How interesting, dear Rita… I much enjoyed your tranlsation! 😉
    Love and best wishes. Aquileana 😀


  2. ritaroberts

    August 31, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Thank you Aquileana, for your interest in my Linear B Translations. It’s a fascinating subject.


  3. cav12

    September 9, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I am curious as to whether there has been progress into deciphering Linear A script.
    I’ve always enjoyed reading your translations and articles.


  4. ritaroberts

    September 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Cav12 Thank you for you interest in my translations of Linear B. There are linguists studying Linear A. In fact my teacher Richard Vallance has just discovered something he refers to as “SUPERSYLABOGRAMS ” in Linear A if you would like to take a look on his site



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