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Faculty of Classics

 

If you wish to contact the Mycenaean Epigraphy Group, please email or phone the Mycenaean Epigraphy Room on 01223 (3)35073.

If you wish to contact individual members of the Group, please click on their names to view their personal website and contact details.

decorte.jpgRoeland Decorte is a Ph.D. student specialising in Minoan archaeology and Cretan Hieroglyphic. His thesis consists of a systematic study of Bronze Age Cretan iconography, combining archaeological evidence with linguistic data and the undeciphered scripts, to try and grasp underlying socio-economic structures.

 

Dr Yannis Galanakis is the University Lecturer in Greek Prehistory. Yannis specializes in Aegean archaeology, with a particular interest in the Late Bronze Age societies and the integration of material, textual, historical and scientific-based research. Before joining Cambridge, he was the curator for the Aegean collections and the Sir Arthur Evans Archive at the Ashmolean Museum in the University of Oxford, where he led the team that installed the permanent gallery of the ‘Aegean World’ and the digitization of the museum’s Linear B tablets from Knossos using Reflectance Transformation Imaging technology.

 

JudsonAnna Judson is a Research Fellow at Gonville & Caius College. Her main research interest is the development and use of the Linear B script; she is currently working on a project to study features of the Linear B scribes' writing practices, such as handwriting and spelling, in order to gain a better understanding of the scribes' work within the Mycenaean palaces' administrative systems.

 

 

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Professor John 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. He is still very actively engaged in research in the Faculty.

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Dr Torsten Meißner is a specialist in Mycenaean and Greek linguistics. A comparative philologist by training, he has widely published in this area. Although concentrating on linguistic questions, he always takes a broader view and integrates data from all areas of Mycenaean studies so as to arrive at a comprehensive picture.

  

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Dr Philippa Steele is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Classics Faculty. She is currently working on a linguistic/epigraphic project focused on the ancient Eastern Mediterranean, and regularly lectures for undergraduate and graduate courses related to the Mycenaean documents as well as Greek and Latin linguistics. She has published widely on Mycenaean epigraphy and economy, the development of Aegean writing systems and the languages and scripts of ancient Cyprus. 

The weekly seminars were wonderful for trying out ideas.

Dr Rupert Thompson is a Lecturer in Classical Philology and Linguistics and a Fellow of Selwyn College. 

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The Faculty invites applications for a two-year Lectureship in Classics (Greek Literature) from 1st September 2021. The deadline for applications is Monday 16th May 2021 . Applications from those currently completing PhDs in any area of Greek literature, as well as from post-doctoral scholars will be welcomed. Further...

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