Linear B to Greek: ko-re-te

· Linear B Lexicon

INDEX

LinB words
ko-re-te |

Greek words
κούρητε | Κουρῆτες |



ko-re-te | κούρητε (kourete) | the Cretan tribe (Curete)
ko-re-te | Κουρῆτε(ς) (kouretes) | a young man, a young warrior (Kouretes)
Knossos (Scribes 201, unknown)
Pylos (Scribes 1, 2, 21, Ci, Cii)
Although ke-re-te is a hapax, Palmer [1969:336] surmises Κρήτη (Krete); however, ke-re-te and ke-re-te-re prob. refer to κρητήρ “a mixing vessel”.  ko-re-te, with 16 certain and eight uncertain entries, is the more likely candidate for references to Κρήτη:
(A) κούρητε (Curete) “the Cretan tribe, connected with peculiar rites at Delos” as they pertain to Zeus.
(B) Κουρῆτες (Kouretes) “a young man, a young warrior” as it relates to the Korybantes.  κόρος and Epic / Ionic κοῦρος “a boy” prob. are back formations. Both the Kouretes and the Cretan Zeus, “the greatest κοῦρος”, as indicated in the Cretan hymn that was found at Palaikastro), were intimately connected with the transition of young men into manhood in Cretan cities.  Davaras [1976:168] states that the Kouretes invented the bow and introduced archery, hunting, and the armed dance.
09.06.15

Log ins are not required to post comments. However, since your words may be quoted in scholarly articles, this forum requires that professional names be used to post comments. Please click "Edit/Change" to include credentials after your name. For example, you may say "Mary A. Smith: Harvard University, Associate Professor of Geography" or "John Jones: Independent Scholar, Historical Linguistics" or "Independent Scholar, General." Moreover, to promote scholarly excellence, this forum reserves the right to edit for clarity. Clear writing complements clear thinking.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: