Linear B to Greek: a-ja-me to a-ka-i-jo

· Linear B Lexicon


LinB words
a-ja-me | a-ja-me-na | a-ja-me-no | a-ka-i-jo |

Greek words
εἷμα | εἱαμενή | εἱμένος | Ἀχαιός | ἀχαιός |

a-ja-me | εἷμα | a cloak, a dress, a garment
KN Sd 4415+ (Scribe 128)
Scribe 128 also writes a-ja-me-na and a-ja-me-no.

a-ja-me-na | εἱαμενή (eiamene) | (1) sunken place, (2) flooded region, water meadow
Knossos (Scribes 128, 129)
Pylos (Scribe 2)
Flooding shrouds αἶα or γαῖα (gaia) “the earth”.  Cf. a-ja-me > εἷμα “a cloak” and  a-ja-me-no > εἱμένος “shrouded, wrapped” as found in the funeral tablets.
12.21.14 * 10.14.14

a-ja-me-no | εἱμένο(ς) (eimenos) | shrouded, wrapped
KN Sd 4401+ (Scribe 128)
Pylos (Scribe 2)
See infl. a-ja-me and a-ja-me-na.

a-ka-i-jo | ἀχαιό(ς) (akhaios) | needy, poor
a-ka-i-jo | Ἀχαιό(ς) (Akhaios) | Achaian
Knossos (Scribes 117, 124, 124q)
It appears that the Achaeans were so named for their poverty.

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