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Anna Judson

Anna Judson

Research Fellow, Gonville & Caius College

Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street

Research Interests

Writing systems of the Bronze Age Aegean and Cyprus, with a particular focus on the Linear B script and Mycenaean Greek.

My PhD thesis, entitled ‘The Undeciphered Signs of Linear B’, was a study of the small group of Linear B signs whose sound-values are still unknown, combining a reanalysis of their possible values with investigations into the creation and development of the Linear B script, as well as explorations of the broader implications of palaeographic analysis of the script for our understanding of the context in which it was written.

My postdoctoral research project focuses on analysing the writing practices of the scribes responsible for the Linear B tablets: I am studying features such as handwriting and spelling and their variation between and within different scribal hands and different sites in order to gain a better understanding of the scribes’ work within the Mycenaean palaces’ administrative systems.

I am also a member of the Mycenaean Epigraphy Group (


Key Publications

‘The Linear B inscribed stirrup jars’, Kadmos 52:1, pp. 69-110 (2013), 10.1515/kadmos-2013-0005

‘Processes of script adaptation and creation in Linear B: the evidence of the “extra” signs’, in P.M. Steele (ed.), Understanding Relations Between Scripts: the Aegean Writing Systems (Oxford: Oxbow Books, forthcoming 2016)         

‘Palaeography, administration, and scribal training: a case-study’, in H. Landenius Enegren & M.-L. Nosch (eds), Aegean Scripts. Proceedings of the 14th International Colloquium on Mycenaean Studies, held in Copenhagen, 2-5 September 2015 (Incunabula Graeca, forthcoming 2017)

CaLIBRA: Cambridge Linear B Research Archive online database (with T. Meißner and R.J.E. Thompson; University of Cambridge, forthcoming)


Upcoming events

Philological Society

Apr 26, 2018

Room G.21

Ancient History Seminar

Apr 30, 2018

Room G.21

Ancient History Seminar

May 06, 2018

Room G.21

J.H Gray Lectures 2018

May 08, 2018

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