The Decipherment of Linear C: ICS 121

· Linear C Decipherments

Onyx Scarab


a-ri-si-to-wa | na-xe

1. a-ri-si-to*wa-na-xe | †ἀριστωαναξ (aristoanax) | †the best of masters


  • the best of masters

Notes:  The inscription follows the curve of the scarab in boustrophedon style: a-ri-si-to-wa | na-xe. Masson translates as Ἀριστοϝά|ναξ, which presumes an anthroponym rather than a generic reference.  Cf. similar Greek compounds (e.g. ἀριστοπάλας (aristopalas) “the best of wrestlers”).


  1. Masson, Olivier.  1961.  Inscriptions Chypriotes Syllabiques. Paris: E. de Boccard,  pp. 161, Pl. XV.

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