Lexicon B

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-rie | e-ki | e-ni | e-qe | e-re | e-ro | e-ui  | i-ji | i-qi | ja | ka | ka-na | ka-ra | ka-ri | ka-wa | ke-ra | ke-si | ki-ri | ko-kiko-ro | ko-tu | ku-pa | ku-tama | ma-re | me | me-te | mi-rana | ne-o | o | o-ko | o-pe | o-po | o-to |  pa | pa-ko | pa-sape | pe-re | pe-ru | pi-rapopo-ropo-se | pu-ko | qe | qi | qpa-i | ra | ra-u | re-si | ri-sosa | sa-u | si-retata-re | te-ne | te-ri | ti-ra | to-pa | to-teu  |  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

Scribal Notes:

  • 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.

e-wa-te-re-watoto mu-ti-rie-ti-ri-jaa+rea-nas-jo

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