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Dr Philippa Steele

Dr Philippa Steele

Principal Investigator of Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems

Senior Research Fellow and Director of Studies at Magdalene College

Director of Studies at Lucy Cavendish College and Wolfson College

Magdalene College
Cambridge
CB3 0AG

Office Phone: 01223 335096

Biography:

Senior Research Associate in the Faculty of Classics, and Principal Investogator of the ERC-funded project 'Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems' (CREWS, grant no. 677758)

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.

Research Supervision

Currently supervising PhD on the development of the Greek alphabet(s)

Graduate supervision and examination in Greek and Latin linguistics and epigraphy and Mycenaean epigraphy, language and history

Other Professional Activities

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 (theme: Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus).

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

Director of Studies in Classics at Wolfson College.

Key Publications

Books

Writing and Society in Ancient Cyprus, Cambridge (2018).

Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets, Oxford, in press (2018), co-editor Philip J. Boyes

Understanding Relations Between Scripts: The Aegean Writing Systems, Oxford 2017.

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.

Articles

(With Torsten Meißner) ‘Linear A and Linear B: Structural and contextual concerns’ in Nosch, M-.L. and Landenius Enegren, H. (eds.) Aegean Scripts. Proceedings of the 14th Mycenological Colloquium 2-6 September, Copenhagen 2015 Incunabula Graeca Vol. CV, 1, Rome 2017, 99-114.

‘Writing ‘systems’: Literacy and the transmission of writing in non-administrative contexts’ in Jasink, E.M., Weingarten, J. and Carraro, F. (eds.) Non-scribal Communication Media in the Bronze Age Aegean and Surrounding Areas, Periploi 9, 81-100 - in press.

(With Torsten Meißner) ‘From Linear B to Linear A: The problem of the backward projection of sound values’ in Steele, P.M. (ed.) Understanding Relations Between Scripts: The Aegean Writing Systems, Oxford 2017, 93-110.

'A linguistic approach to population movements to ancient Cyprus' in Maguire, R. and Chick, J. (eds.) Approaching Cyprus, Cambridge 2016, 2-17.

‘Aegean and Cypriot script reforms: Ruptures and continuities’, BICS 59.1 2016, 136-7.

'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

Ancient History Seminar

Mar 02, 2020

Bawden Room, West Court, Jesus College

Literature Seminar

Mar 04, 2020

G.21

Philosophy Seminar

Mar 05, 2020

1.11

Philological Society

Mar 05, 2020

G.21

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Roger Dawe

Feb 17, 2020

It is with sadness that we report the death of Roger Dawe, former University Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Trinity since 1963. Roger was a memorable lecturer and a scholar of strong, often unorthodox, opinions, who made major contributions to the study of the text and transmission of the tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles.

The Corbett Lecture 2019: Rescheduled to Saturday 22nd February

Feb 12, 2020

Due to strike action in Michaelmas Term and proposed strike action in Lent Term The Corbett Lecture will now take place on Saturday 22nd February, 5pm in G.19 Faculty of Classics

Coronavirus guidance

Feb 06, 2020

A link to the College and University guidance on the Coronavirus is available here

CREWS: Visiting Fellowship focused on the study of ancient writing systems

Jan 22, 2020

Details of how to apply for this Visiting Fellowship are now available online. The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Monday, 17th February 2020

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