GARETH OWENS MINOAN DI-KA-TA* The current excavations of the British School at Athens at Palaikastro in Hast Crete are continuing to reveal an important Minoan site,1 a harbour town with impressive architecture, rieh finds, and a few Linear A inscriptions.2 It has been claimed that "the rieh Minoan town underlying the later sanctuary of Diktaian Zeus may once itself have been named Dikta";3 but what will be discussed here is simply whether the Bronze Age word di-ka-ta can be equated with Minoan Palaikastro.4 I start with the premise that a study of Minoan and Mycenaean di-ka-ta must be based on the Bronze Age epigraphic evidence, not on later Classical sources and inscriptions to Diktaian Zeus. It is therefore proposed here to examine the Linear A and Linear B occurrences of the word di-ka-ta. d i - k a - t a in L i n e a r B di-ka-ta occurs five times in Linear B on the following tablets: di-ka-ta-de KN Fh 5467.a Fp 7.2 F 866 G 7509.1 di-ka-ta-jo KN Fp 1+31.2 I wish to express my gratitude to the following individuals for their assistance in the preparation of this article which was carried out with
Kadmos - Zeitschrift für vor- und frühgriechische Epigraphik – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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