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General information

Mnamon has information, pictures, and links relating to ancient writing systems of the Mediterranean, including Linear B.

The Dartmouth Aegean Prehistoric Archaeology site offers a series of ‘lessons’ on the archaeology of the prehistoric Aegean, with images and bibliography. Lessons 19-28 deal with the Mycenaean period.

Archival collections

The Cambridge Linear B Research Archive (CaLiBRA) contains the Mycenaean Epigraphy Group’s collection of photographs of Linear B tablets from Pylos.

The Institute of Classical Studies holds an archive of Michael Ventris’ papers; the catalogue is available online.

The Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (University of Texas at Austin) has extensive archival collections of material relating to Michael Ventris, Alice Kober, and Emmett L. Bennett.

Kober’s and Ventris’ correspondence is available online.

The Ashmolean Museum’s Sir Arthur Evans archive has information on Evans and the Ashmolean’s Aegean collections, digitised archival material, and the museum’s digitised collection of Linear B tablets from Knossos.

Online Resources

Aegean font download – this font includes all ancient Aegean and Cypriot scripts.

DAMOS: Database of Mycenaean at Oslo is a database of all published Linear B texts, in transcription.

Dicconario Micénico is the website for the Mycenaean Dictionary (in Spanish; currently indices only).

Liber is a database providing text, photographs, and information about the Linear B tablets from Mycenae, Tiryns, and Midea (more sites are to be added in future).

Nestor is a bibliography of Aegean studies, Homeric society, Indo-European linguistics and related fields.

Studies in Mycenaean Inscriptions and Dialect (SMID) is a bibliography of Mycenaean studies, with indices.

John Younger’s Linear A website offers Linear A texts (in transcription) and related resources.

Societies and mailing lists

AegeaNet is a discussion and news list for Aegean studies.

Aegeus Society is for researchers of Aegean Prehistory and offers news on excavations, publications, and events.

Latest news

John Donaldson

27 September 2022

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he...

Joyce Reynolds FBA (1918–2022)

12 September 2022

The Faculty of Classics is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joyce Reynolds FBA. She was Reader Emerita in Roman Historical Epigraphy, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, where she was Director of Studies in Classics from 1951 to 1979. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the...

BBC Radio 4 - Reflections on Majesty, Mary Beard

12 September 2022

Mary Beard is one of ten writers and scholars invited by the BBC to reflect on their experience of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Follow the link below to listen: Listen here

Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...