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Faculty of Classics

 

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

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.

Publications

Key publications: 

Books

The Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Practices, Oxford 2021, co-editors Philip J. Boyes and Natalia Elvira Astoreca.

Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets, Oxford 2019, co-editor Philip J. Boyes.

Writing and Society in Ancient Cyprus, Cambridge 2018.

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

‘Material entanglements of writing practices in the Bronze Age Aegean and Cyprus’ in Steel, L. (ed.) Exploring Materiality in the Bronze Age, special issue of Sustainability 12 2020, 1-17. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410671)

‘Script and literacy’ in Lemos, I.S. and Kotsonas, A. (eds.) A Companion to the Archaeology of Early Greece and the Mediterranean, Oxford (Blackwell Companion) 2019, 247-69.

'The development of Greek alphabets: Fluctuations and standardisations’ in Steele, P.M. and Boyes, P.J. (eds.) Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets, Oxford 2019, 125-49.

(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.

Teaching and Supervisions

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

Principal Investigator of Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems
Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene College
Director of Studies at Wolfson College
Dr Philippa  Steele

Contact Details

Magdalene College
Cambridge
CB3 0AG
pms45@cam.ac.uk
01223 335096
Not available for consultancy

Affiliations

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