Mycenaean Scribal Practices: A Comparative Approach

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dc.contributor.advisor Walker, Cheryl Donnelly, Cassandra 2015-05-18T16:22:57Z 2015-05-18T16:22:57Z 2015
dc.description.abstract Comparative scholarship has not been brought to bear on dominant questions concerning the Linear B tablet writers. To remedy this, the thesis herein compares prevailing Near Eastern (and especially Western Periphery) scribal practices to Linear B writing practices. The comparison focuses on two such practices, conforming tablet content and function to particular formats and written participation in international diplomatic correspondences. Chapter One examines the E class Pylos tablets and establishes that they show attempts to assemble their unique legal language into specific groupings arranged by tablet shape. Chapter Two reconstructs diplomatic letter exchange and contextualizes those exchanges with references to possible Mycenaean participation in international diplomatic exchange, determining that though Mycenae participated in said exchanges it may have done so without the participation of its tablet writers. The findings indicate that Linear B tablets writers show early stages of participation in prevailing Near Eastern writing practices but not mature participation.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Cassandra Donnelly 2015
dc.subject Mycenaean Greece
dc.subject Scribal practices
dc.subject Early writing
dc.title Mycenaean Scribal Practices: A Comparative Approach
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Graduate Program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies MA Masters Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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