The Decipherment of Linear B: KN Gg 702

· Linear B Decipherments

KN Gg 702

Offerings of Honey

Scribe 103

.1      pa-si-te-o-i  /                   me-ri     *209VAS   1
.2  da-pu2-ri-to-jo   /  po-ti-ni-ja     ‘me-ri’     *209VAS   1

1. *209 VAS | amphora
2.  da-pu2-ri-to-jo | †of Deborah, the prophetess of Israel
3.  me-ri | μάρι(ς) (maris) | a liquid measure
3.  me-ri | μερί(ς) (meris) | a contribution, *an offering
3.  me-ri | μελί (meli) | honey
4.  pa-si-te-o-i | *φασιταοί (pasitaoi) | *a crying peacock, which was sacred to Hera
5.  po-ti-ni-ja | πότνια (potnia) | lady, mistress (attested)

.1  *φασιταοί  /                   μερί   *amphora = 1

  • one offering (of honey)  (in the name) of (Hera)

.2  da-pu2-ri-to-jo   /  πότνια     ‘μερί’     *amphora = 1

  • one offering (of honey) to the mistress of Deborah

Notes:  At this time, while I do not understand the significance of the association between the peacock and Hera, I simply interpret Hera as the peacock’s deification.  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, דִּבְּר֥וּ dburh “Deborah”, as prophetess [Judges 4 and 5 KJV] and ruler of ancient Israel, was “Queen Bee” (or Bee Goddess); her priestesses were also known as Deborahs.  See  In Greek mythology, descendants of the Bee Goddess included Cybele, Demeter, and Rhea, who were known as the Melissae [“Bee Goddess”], from μέλισσα (Melissa) (Attic μέλιττα) “a bee”. 


  1. Bee Goddess.  Temple of  Ret. on 20 Nov 2014.
  2. Chadwick, John et al. 1998. Corpus of Mycenaean Inscriptions from Knossos, Vol. IV (8000-9947). Cambridge University Press.

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