THE ETEOCRETAN INSCRIPTION FROM PSYCHRO

THE ETEOCRETAN INSCRIPTION FROM PSYCHRO ROBERT R, STIEGLITZ THE ETEOCRETAN INSCRIPTION FROM PSYCHRO The importance of the short yet complete digraphic text from Psychro is manifold. It consists of four lines, the first three of which are written in Greek alphabetic letters, while the fourth is incised on the stone in the old Minoan syllabic script. It is remarkable that the ancient syllabic script was still remembered and used in this part of Crete s late s about 300 B.C. The Psychro inscription reads s follows: ENETH i-pi-ti C. H. Gordon made the initial breakthrough towards understanding this text. His reading and Interpretation of the text was s follows: Z E NETH i-pi-ti The engraved monument which I have set over my resting place in Land of Beauty (= Elysian Fields).1 The engraved monument. The last line, i-pi-ti, was interpreted by Gordon s a repetition in the ancient syllabary of the first line. But Gordon was not satisfied \nth bis reading of the third line, and was hopeful that bis suggestions "may help others get closer to the truth"2. While working on this text I was surprised that this votive or funerary inscription contains no personal names, for we know from nu- 9 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Kadmos - Zeitschrift für vor- und frühgriechische Epigraphik de Gruyter

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de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Walter de Gruyter
ISSN
0022-7498
eISSN
1613-0723
DOI
10.1515/kadm.1976.15.1.84
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Abstract

ROBERT R, STIEGLITZ THE ETEOCRETAN INSCRIPTION FROM PSYCHRO The importance of the short yet complete digraphic text from Psychro is manifold. It consists of four lines, the first three of which are written in Greek alphabetic letters, while the fourth is incised on the stone in the old Minoan syllabic script. It is remarkable that the ancient syllabic script was still remembered and used in this part of Crete s late s about 300 B.C. The Psychro inscription reads s follows: ENETH i-pi-ti C. H. Gordon made the initial breakthrough towards understanding this text. His reading and Interpretation of the text was s follows: Z E NETH i-pi-ti The engraved monument which I have set over my resting place in Land of Beauty (= Elysian Fields).1 The engraved monument. The last line, i-pi-ti, was interpreted by Gordon s a repetition in the ancient syllabary of the first line. But Gordon was not satisfied \nth bis reading of the third line, and was hopeful that bis suggestions "may help others get closer to the truth"2. While working on this text I was surprised that this votive or funerary inscription contains no personal names, for we know from nu- 9

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Kadmos - Zeitschrift für vor- und frühgriechische Epigraphikde Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1976

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