Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Duccio Chiapello, Laura Bellani, La decifrazione della Lineare A

The widespread reignited interest recently witnessed in the studies on Bronze Age Aegean scripts, especially the undeciphered writing systems (Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A, Cypro-Minoan), has led to the publication of multiple contributions on several aspects of the issue. In particular, for its relation with Linear B (deciphered in 1952 and recording the earliest form of Greek language known to us), Linear A has been a primary focus of interest. Our understanding of Linear A and Linear B as related scripts is based on the considerable graphic similarity between the two syllabaries. However, it is worth highlighting that a shared writing system does not necessarily imply a linguistic connection, as widely shown by the use of the Latin alphabet to write a large number of different, and often unrelated, languages. Thus far, the language that Linear A encodes has been tentatively interpreted as Greek, Etruscan, or Akkadian, among others. Most of these undertakings, however, have often been deemed as based on pseudo-scientific methodologies, spanning from the examination of just a few documents producing at first glance a (more or less) plausible interpretation, to what seems to be sheer imagination. […]

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