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Faculty of Classics

 

Biography

I am a Junior Research Fellow at St. John’s College. I have completed my PhD in Classics at Peterhouse (Cambridge), specializing in Mycenaean Epigraphy, after an MPhil at Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge). Before moving to Cambridge, I completed a BA and an MA in Classics at the University of Padova (Italy) in association with the Galileian School of Higher Education.

Research

My current research revolves around the palaeographical relations between Bronze Age Cretan scripts, focusing primarily on Linear A (writing Minoan) and Linear B (writing Mycenaean Greek), and branching out to the older Cretan Hieroglyphic (unidentified language). As Linear A and Cretan Hieroglyphic still remain undeciphered, the long-term goal of this work is to help establish clearer palaeographical connections (or the lack thereof) ultimately leading to a refinement of the sign repertories, as well as structures, of Cretan scripts so as to arrive at a more nuanced appreciation of the Cretan writing traditions as a whole (both synchronically and diachronically). This avenue of research originated form my PhD dissertation, where I investigated the process of script adaptation and transmission with language change from Linear A onto Linear B on structural and palaeographical grounds.  

Publications

Key publications: 
  • Book

Aegean Linear Script(s): Rethinking the Relationship between Linear A and Linear B2020, Cambridge University Press.

  • Book Chapters

‘Reconstruction of an orthographic system: The Linear B syllabary of Bronze Age Greece’, forthcoming, in Condorelli M. and Rutkowska H. (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Historical Orthography, Cambridge University Press. 

  • Articles  

‘A note on the Linear A & B ideogram AB 131/VIN(um) 'wine' and its variants: References to time notation?’, 2020, Ktèma 45, pp. 161-171. 

‘Drawing lines: The palaeography of Linear A and Linear B’, 2019Kadmos 58, pp. 61-92.

‘Non-connective behaviour of the particle -qe in the Linear B documents from Pylos’, 2019, Studi Micenei ed Egeo-Anatolici. Nuova Serie 5, pp. 71-84. 

Form and function of clausal particles in the Mycenaean documents from Pylos’, 2019, Journal of Greek Linguistics 19, pp. 196-214. 

Some thoughts on Mycenaean o-u-qe’, 2018, in Jasink A. M. and Alberti M. E. (eds.), Akrothinia 2: Contributi di giovani ricercatori agli studi egei e ciprioti(Firenze University Press), pp. 249-257.

  • Reviews 

Review of Understanding Relations Between Scripts: The Aegean Writing Systems, ed. by Steele P. M., 2017, Oxford, in Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie 58 (2018, p. 48-49).

  • Digital Resources 

SigLA - The Signs of Linear A: a palaeographical database (under construction), in collaboration with Simon Castellan

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 
  • Graduate and Undergraduate supervisor: Greek and Latin linguistics and translation, Mycenaean Greek linguistics, Mycenaean epigraphy. 
  • Teacher of the course ‘Introduction to Linear B’ in the Summer School in Homer at University College London (July 2016, 2017, 2018).
Junior Research Fellow, St. John's College
Dr Ester  Salgarella

Contact Details

St. John's College
Cambridge
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Latest news

New gift to further support Joyce Reynolds Awards

15 June 2021

The Faculty is enormously grateful to Karen and Peter Ventress for their generous gift to further support our efforts to encourage more diversity among students studying Classics at Cambridge. Karen and Peter have made a gift of £40k to fund a further studentship under the banner of the Joyce Reynolds Awards . The Awards...

Laurence Professorship of Classical Archaeology

14 June 2021

The Board of Electors to the Laurence Professorship of Classical Archaeology invite applications from those whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further information is available at: http://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/...

It is with immense sadness that the Faculty reports that Elizabeth (Lisa) French passed away yesterday in Cambridge, 10 June 2021. She was 90.

11 June 2021

Lisa read Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge (1949-1952). In 1961 she was awarded her doctorate from University College London on The Development of Mycenaean Terracotta Figurines . She became a leading expert of Mycenaean pottery and figurines, forging a distinguished career in the archaeology of the Bronze Age Aegean...

Student led teaching awards 2021

24 May 2021

The Faculty is proud to announce that Torsten Meissner and Mark Darling have been recognised for the excellence of their teaching by the Student Union in this year's Student-Led Teaching Awards. Dr Meissner has won the second prize (Highly Commended) in the category "Lecturer". Dr Darling has won the second prize (Highly...