Linear B to Greek: da-na-jo to da-pu2-ri-to-jo

· Linear B Lexicon


LinB words
da-na-jo | da-pu2-ri-to-jo |

Greek words
δᾱναιός | δηναιός |

da-na-jo | δᾱναιό(ς) (danaios) (Doric) | aged, ancient, long-lived
da-na-jo | δηναιό(ς) (denaios) | aged, ancient, long-lived
KN Db 1324 (Scribe 117)

da-pu2-ri-to-jo | †of Deborah, the bee goddess

  •  דִּבְּר֥וּ   | dburh | Deborah, a prophetess of Israel

KN Gg 702 (Scribe 103)
Thus far, there is no Greek equivalent for da-pu2-ri-to-jo, which appears to be a Greek inflection of a borrowed word. As mentioned in the Bible, dburh or Deborah, as prophetess [Judges 4 and 5 KJV] and ruler of ancient Israel, was known as the “Queen Bee“; her priestesses were also known as Deborahs.  Cf. the Minoan Bee Goddess; see du.pu2.reIn Greek mythology, descendants of the Bee Goddess included Cybele, Demeter, and Rhea, who were known as the Melissae, from μέλισσα (Melissa) (Attic μέλιττα) “a bee”. Cf., on LinA, the compound variations and and their possible associations with the bee symbol of Minoan culture. The association of me-ri with da-pu2-ri-to-jo compels an acceptance of the collateral meaning of μελί  meli “honey” as a type of liquid offering or contribution.

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