The Mycenaean Age: A Study of the Monuments and Culture of Pre-Homeric Greece

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CHAPTER XI WRITING IN MYCENAEAN GREECE

IT is now some years since traces of writing began to be noted on Mycenaean monuments. The earliest published was a stone pestle from Mycenae with a single incised character resembling one of the Cypriote signs.1 A year later in a chamber-tomb at Mycenae we found two amphorae, quite plain, except that the handle of one of them (a jar 22 inches high) bears three characters incised while the clay was yet soft.2 There were four very similar amphorae from the beehive tomb at Menidi, and it was now observed that two of them bore similar traces of writing -- the handle of one having incised upon it a character resembling a Greek II, the other a sign identical with the Cypriote pa.3 Again, in 1892, Dr. Staes found in a tomb at Pronoia a genuine Mycenaean vessel with three ears, on each of which is graven a sign resembling the Greek H, except that the vertical strokes bend outward at the top (Fig. 139). In the same year there

First traces of Mycenaean writing in Greece

Fig. 137. Vessel from Pronoia
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1
Tsountas, Πρακτιὰ τη + ̑ς 'Aρχαιολογικη + ̑ς 'Eταιρίας, 1889, p. 19.
2
See group 9 in Table II.
3
See Table I, 4.

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