GARETH A. OWENS THE COMMON ORIGIN OF CRETAN HIEROGLYPHS AND LINEAR A* In connection with the Cretan Hieroglyphic and Linear A scripts, J.P. Olivier recently discussed the problem of terminology1. He rejected Pope's suggestion that the Cretan Hieroglyphic Script be known as the "First Cretan Palace Script"2, on the grounds that the Archanes Hieroglyphic Script is Pre-Palatial EM III - MM IA3. It is also worth stating that the Hieroglyphic archives of Knossos and Malia date from MM IIIB, that is, from the earlier part of the Second Palace period. Since, therefore, Cretan Hieroglyphs are used from EM III MM IA (associated primarily with MM LA pottery according to the excavators) until MM , this script should perhaps rather be known as Middle Minoan. In addition, the terms Pictographic, Hieroglyphic and Linear should be more closely considered. Evans used the terms Pictographic and Hieroglyphic Script indiscriminately to describe the earliest writing on Crete4. Due to the religious connotations of the term Hieroglyphic (as in Egypt), and as the content of the texts cannot be determined until the script has been deciphered and the Minoan language understood, Hooker preferred to use the term Pictographic Script, while Chadwick retained the
Kadmos - Zeitschrift für vor- und frühgriechische Epigraphik – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1996
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