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Professor John Killen

Professor John Killen

Emeritus Professor of Mycenaean Greek

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

Research Interests

Professor Killen is one of the world's leading experts in the interpretation of the Linear B tablets. He has written a great many articles which, through their combination of linguistic, archaeological, epigraphical and economic/historical expertise, have made a unique contribution to our understanding of the documents and the Mycenaean economy. He was a pupil of the late John Chadwick (who collaborated with Michael Ventris in the decipherment of Linear B), and has played a leading role in the publication of the Corpus of Mycenaean Inscriptions from Knossos and of the standard edition of the Knossos tablets in transcription.

Outside Mycenaean, Professor Killen's interests range over Indo-European phonology and (classical) Greek inscriptional and literary dialects.

Key Publications

Among his major recent publications are:

'Names in -e and -e-u in Mycenaean Greek' in Penney, J.H.W. (ed) Indo-European Perspectives: Studies in Honour of Anna Morpurgo Davies (Oxford University Press, 2004)

'Thoughts on the functions of new Thebes tablets' in Deger-Jalkotzy, S. and Panagl, O. (eds) Die Neuen Linear B-Texte aus Theben: Ihr Aufschlusswert für die Mykenische Sprache und Kultur. Akten des internationalen Forschungskolloquiums an der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 5. und 6. Dezember 2002. (Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2006)

'Conscription and Corvée at Mycenaean Pylos' in Fiscality in Perna, M. (ed) Mycenaean and Near Eastern Archives (Napoli, 2006)

'Mycenaean e-re-e-u' in Lang, F., Reinholdt, C. and Weilhartner, J. (eds.), ΣTEΦANOΣ APIΣTEIOΣ. Archäologische Forschungen zwischen Nil und Istros. Festschrift für Stefan Hiller zum 65. Geburtstag (Phoibos Verlag, 2007)

Upcoming events

A Taste of Latin

Oct 22, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room R.01

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Oct 22, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Climbing the Greasy Pole in Ancient Rome

Oct 22, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 24, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Happy Families?

Oct 25, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

How to write a Greek Dictionary

Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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