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Professor John Killen

Professor John Killen

Emeritus Professor of Mycenaean Greek

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

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)

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