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Dr Anna Judson

Dr Anna Judson

Research Fellow, Gonville & Caius College

Gonville & Caius College
Trinity Street
Cambridge
CB2 1TA

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 and a Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

 

Key Publications

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

The mystery of the Mycenaean “labyrinth”: the value of Linear B pu2 and related signs’, Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici Nuova Serie 3 (2017), pp.53-72        

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, 2017), pp.111-26

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, Copenhagen, 2-5 September 2015, Incunabula Graeca CV.I-II (Roma: CNR-ISMA, 2017), pp.193-208

The decipherment: people, process, challenges’, in A. Christophilopoulou, Y. Galanakis, & J. Grime (eds), Codebreakers & Groundbreakers (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 2017: catalogue of exhibition held Oct 2017-Feb 2018), pp.15-29

CaLIBRA: Cambridge Linear B Research Archive (database of photographs, with T. Meißner and R.J.E. Thompson; University of Cambridge, 2017)

 

 

Upcoming events

Conservation Week: Medusa

Sep 17, 2019

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Becoming Classical: art and the revolution in values in fifth-century B.C. Greece

Oct 19, 2019

G19, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Battlegrounds: The economics of ancient warfare

Oct 22, 2019

G19, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Terrific Transformations Family Event

Oct 23, 2019

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Script death in the ancient world

Oct 24, 2019

G19, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

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British Academy Fellowship 2019

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The Faculty is delighted to offer warm congratulations to Emily Gowers on her election as a Fellow of the British Academy

2019 Gifford Lectures

Jun 04, 2019

Professor Beard's Gifford Lectures (University of Edinburgh), on The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics, are now available on line.

The Runciman Award 2019

May 13, 2019

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Robin Osborne is a recipient of the Runciman Award 2019 for 'The Transformation of Athens' (Princeton University Press).

Aldborough Roman Town Project Podcast

May 10, 2019

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