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. http://www.linearbknossosmycenae.wordpress.com
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