Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions: Volume 1: Analysis
This volume offers the first comprehensive examination of an ancient writing system from Cyprus and Syria known as Cypro-Minoan. After Linear B was deciphered by Michael Ventris in 1952, other un-deciphered scripts of the second millennium BC from the Aegean world (Linear A) and the Eastern Mediterranean (Cypro-Minoan) became the focus of those trying to crack this ancient and historical code. Despite several attempts for both syllabaries, this prospect has remained unrealized. This is especially true for Cypro-Minoan, the script of Late Bronze Age Cyprus found also at Ugarit in Syria, which, counting no more than 250 inscriptions, remains not only poorly documented, but also insufficiently explored in previous scholarship. Today progress in the study of this enigmatic script demands that we direct our attention to gaining new insight through a contextual analysis of Cypro-Minoan by tracing its life in the archaeological record and investigating its purpose and significance in the Cypriot and Syrian settlements that created and used it. With a new methodology concentrating on a ground-breaking contextual approach, Ferrara presents the first large-scale study of Cypro-Minoan with an analysis of all the inscriptions through a multidisciplinary perspective that embraces aspects of archaeology, epigraphy, and palaeography.
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A˚stro¨m Aegean Alašia Alassa analysis appears archaeological Area Ashlar attested bowl chronological Clay boule context copper corpus Courtois cuneiform Cylinder seal Cypriot Syllabary Cypro Cypro-Minoan script Cypro-Minoan tablets Cyprus Dikaios distribution ductus ENKO Abou Enkomi cylinder Enkomi tablets epigraphic evidence excavated Figure find-spots frequency function Graphemes graphic Greek alphabet Hala Sultan Tekke Hittite Hurrian Ibid identified incised inscribed objects inscriptions interpretation isolated sign ivory K-AD Kalavassos Kalavassos-Ayios Dhimitrios Karageorghis and Demas KITI Avas Kition Knapp Kourion language Late Bronze Age LCIIC period LCIIIA Level IIB Level IIIA Linear linguistic mark Masson material medial Minoan Mycenaean never initial Olivier palaeographical Palaima pattern phonetic phonological phonotactical pithos position possible Pottery-Handle record recto represent Sanctuary Schaeffer sequence sign 23 sign 87 sign-shapes signary specimens strokes structure stylus syllabic Table tablet fragment texts typological Ugarit variation verso Webb word-sequence writing