Re: Phaistos Disk

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri Jul 05 2002 - 16:02:59 EDT

At 10:58 -0400 2002-07-05, Patrick Rourke wrote:
>There is also the question of what kind of text it represents: is it
>a prose text, is it a catalogue of items (the other Aegean scripts
>tempt one to suspect this), each item represented by an ideograph,

Well if you look at it you find patterns and repetition in the
phrases divided up. It is most likely an actual text. The script is
probably syllabic, as syllabic scripts were common back then, the
repertoire is large enough, and the repetitive markers could well
represent grammatical prefixes or suffixes. One guesses, but that's
not a bad guess.

Michael Everson *** Everson Typography ***

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