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Dr Philippa Steele

Dr Philippa Steele

Principal Investigator of ERC project Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems

Director of Studies in Classics, Wolfson College

Magdalene College
Cambridge
CB3 0AG

Research Interests

As PI of the CREWS project, research focuses on the relationships between the Aegean writing systems (Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A and Linear B) and the development of the early Greek alphabet. More information can be found at the project blog: https://crewsproject.wordpress.com/

Other interests include: relations between writing systems; the scripts and languages of ancient Cyprus; the ancient Greek language, especially in the eastern Mediterranean; dialectology; multilingualism and language contact; script use and administration in the Mycenaean world; the interdisciplinary study of ancient populations; island studies.

Other Professional Activities

Senior Research Fellow, Magdalene College

Previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow working on the Greek language in the eastern Mediterranean.

Evans-Pritchard Lecturer at All Souls College, Oxford, in 2014: five public lectures on Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus.

Organiser of the 2014-15 CRASSH seminar series Multilingualism and Exchange in the ncient and Medieval World.

Key Publications

A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus: The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC, Cambridge 2013.

Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context, Cambridge 2013.

Forthcoming: Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus, Cambridge.

Forthcoming: Understanding Relations Between Scripts: The Aegean Writing Systems, Oxford.

'Distinguishing between Cypriot scripts: Steps towards establishing a methodology’, Kadmos 53 2014, 129-48.

'The /d/, /t/, /l/ and /r/ series in Linear A and B, Cypro-Minoan and the Cypriot Syllabary', forthcoming in Pasiphae 8 2014, 189-96.

'The Greek Writing Systems', in G.K. Giannakis (ed.) Encyclopedia of Greek Language and Linguistics, Leiden 2013/4.

'The Diversity of the Cypro-Minoan Corpus' in Carlier, P. et al. (eds.) Études mycéniennes 2010. Actes du XIIIe colloque international sur les textes égéens, Pisa-Rome 2012, 537-544.

''Legality' and Mycenaean Scribes' in Kyriakidis, E. (ed.), Proceedings of the International Colloquium “The Inner Workings of the Mycenaean Bureaucracy”, University of Kent, Canterbury, 19-21 September 2008, Pasiphae 5, Pisa-Rome 2011, 119-26.

'Eteocypriot: Linguistic and Archaeological Evidence', in Georgiou, A. (ed.), Cyprus: an island culture. Society and Social Relations from the Bronze Age to the Venetian Period, Oxford 2011, 122-32.

''Gaps' in Literacy: Social responses to economic crisis in the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean', Archaeological Review from Cambridge 26.1 2011, 53-63.

With Markus Egetmeyer (Chair of Greek Linguistics, Sorbonne): 'A New Archaic and Possibly Cypriot Inscription from Cilicia', Kadmos 49 2010, 127-32.

'Methodology in Mycenaean Prosopography: The Use of Names as Evidence', Kadmos 48 2009, 93-106.

'A Comparative Look at Mycenaean and Near Eastern Bureaucracies: 'Bilateral' Documentation in the Linear B Archives?', Kadmos 47 2008, 31-49.

Upcoming events

The Roman and Islamic City in North Africa

Sep 29, 2017

McDonald Institute, seminar room

Nudity and Adornment in Greek and Indian Art

Oct 17, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Recitativo: Fragments - after Lucretius and Negri

Oct 20, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Oct 21, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Incredible India: Sanskrit Myths and Truths

Oct 21, 2017

Room G.19, Faculty of Classics/Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Postgraduate Open Day Saturday 18 November 2017

Sep 22, 2017

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Major archaeological discovery near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece

Sep 12, 2017

A monumental Mycenaean rock-cut chamber tomb came to light this summer at Prosilio near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece, during the excavations conducted there by the Ministry of Culture & Sports of Greece/Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia and of the British School at Athens/University of Cambridge

Interamna Lirenas goes LIVE!

Aug 21, 2017

Follow the students of the Faculty of Classics as they excavate the Roman theatre at Interamna Lirenas.

Roman Britain

Aug 07, 2017

Faculty statement concerning ethnic diversity in Roman Britain

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