Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions: Volume 1: Analysis

Hardcover | February 26, 2012

bySilvia Ferrara

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This volume offers the first comprehensive examination of an ancient writing system from Cyprus and Syria known as Cypro-Minoan. After Linear B was deciphered by Michael Ventris in 1952, other undeciphered scripts of the second millennium B.C from the Aegean world (Linear A) and the EasternMediterranean (Cypro-Minoan) became the focus of those trying to crack these ancient writing systems. Despite several attempts for both syllabaries, this prospect has remained unrealized. This is especially true for Cypro-Minoan, the script of Late Bronze Age Cyprus found also at Ugarit in Syria,which, counting no more than 250 inscriptions, remains not only poorly documented, but also insufficiently explored in previous scholarship. Today progress in the study of this enigmatic script demands that we direct our attention to gaining new insight through a contextual analysis of Cypro-Minoan by tracing its life in the archaeological record and investigating its purpose and significance in the Cypriot and Syrian settlements thatcreated and used it. With a new methodology concentrating on a ground-breaking contextual approach, Ferrara presents the first large-scale study of Cypro-Minoan with an analysis of all the inscriptions through a multidisciplinary perspective that embraces aspects of archaeology, epigraphy, and palaeography. The secondvolume on the Cypro-Minoan inscriptions will contain a comprehensive catalogue of the inscriptions and details of their archaeological settings.

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This volume offers the first comprehensive examination of an ancient writing system from Cyprus and Syria known as Cypro-Minoan. After Linear B was deciphered by Michael Ventris in 1952, other undeciphered scripts of the second millennium B.C from the Aegean world (Linear A) and the EasternMediterranean (Cypro-Minoan) became the focus ...

Silvia Ferrara is Research Fellow at the University of La Sapienza in Rome, Italy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IllustrationsTablesChartsAbbreviationsIntroductionPart I: Function, Object, and Context1. Literacy in Late Bronze Age Cyprus1.1 Introducing Writing on Cyprus1.2 The History of Scholarship1.3 Broadening the Picture: A Comprehensive Analysis1.4 Geographical Distribution1.5 Political Geography1.6 Writing as Part of the Material Record1.7 The Functions of the Inscribed Objects1.8 Script as Ideological Symbol1.9 Cypro-Minoan as ex novo Creation2. The Archaeological Setting: Writing in the LCI-LCIIIPeriods2.1 Framing the Script in Time and Place2.2 Distribution: Diachronic and Synchronic Perspectives2.3 The MCIII-LCI Period2.4 The Beginning of the LCII Period2.5 The LCIIC Period2.6 The Script in the LCIIC Period2.7 The LCIIC-LCIIIA Transition3. Writing in LCIIIA: The Cypro-Minoan Floruit3.1 The Clay Boules3.2 The Geographical and Typological Diffusion of Writing in LCIIIA3.3 The Cypro-Minoan Script at Ugarit3.4 A Multi-Purpose ScriptPart II: Inscription and Signary4. The Epigraphic Presentation of the Inscriptions4.1 Macro-Level Analysis: Problems of Classification4.2 Typologies of Objects: Medium Variety4.3 Techniques of Epigraphic Writing4.4 Styles on Clay: Intra-Medium Variety4.5 Manufacturing and Inscribing Tablets4.6 Epigraphic and Sematographic Instability4.7 Macro-Level Analysis: Cypriot Scribal Traditions5. The Palaeography of the Cypro-Minoan Script5.1 The Signary5.2 The Size of the Sign Repertoire5.3 The Analysis of Sign Variations5.4 A Critique of Linguistic Analyses5.5 Cypro-Minoan as One ScriptPart III: Beyond Decipherment6. Cypro-Minoan and its Context6.1 Contextualizing the History of Cypro-Minoan6.2 Contextualizing the Archaeology of Cypro-Minoan6.3 Problems of Palaeography6.4 Problems of Palaeographical Classification: The Role of Epigraphy6.5 The Future of Cypro-MinoanAppendicesReferencesIndex