Linear B has been identified as the “Mycenaean” dialect of Crete and mainland Greece.
A rough accounting yields approximately 4,700 LinB words; I am continually refining my list with additions, subtractions, and corrections. Included in this lexicon are those definitions to which I am committed. Nevertheless, I encourage debate to allow continual refinement of my understanding.
- LinA Japanese is distinguished with dots (e.g. ma.di) whereas LinB / LinC Greek is distinguished with hyphens (e.g. ma-di).
An unattested definition or word will be indicated with an asterisk (*); click the word’s link for more information.
- An underlined number indicates a tablet that contains at least two entries of the same word.
- A word that appears to constitute an anthroponym will be indicated with a reference to the Index of Personal Names (IPN).
- A Greek word that is followed by (mg) indicates a word that is found in modern Greek.
Hover over each index link to view its range of entries.
a | a-i | a-ja | a-ke | a-ko | a-me | a-ne | a-pa | a-pi | a-pu | a-re | a-ro | a-te | au-to | da | da-ra | de-u | di-u | do-ri | e | e-ki | e-ni | e-qe | e-re | e-ro | e-u | i | i-ji | i-qi | ja | ka | ka-na | ka-ra | ka-ri | ka-wa | ke-ra | ke-si | ki-ri | ko-ki | ko-ro | ko-tu | ku-pa | ku-ta | ma | ma-re | me | me-te | mi-ra | na | ne-o | o | o-ko | o-pe | o-po | o-to | pa | pa-ko | pa-sa | pe | pe-re | pe-ru | pi-ra | po | po-ro | po-se | pu-ko | qe | qi | qpa-i | ra | ra-u | re-si | ri-so | sa | sa-u | si-re | ta | ta-re | te-ne | te-ri | ti-ra | to-pa | to-te | u | wa | wa-re | we-qe | wi-na | wo-na | za
See also Colors in Linear B Texts.
Alternate values are deciphered as follows:
- a2 = i.ja
- a3 = a.i
- pa2 and qa = qpa
- ra2 = ri.ja
- ra3 = ra.i
- ro2 = ri.jo
- At Knossos, scribe 117 appears to be the most prolific.
- At Pylos, Scribes 1 and 41 are often found transcribing the same types of documents.