Anna Judson, “Scribal training in Mycenaean Pylos” – British School at Athens

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Dr Anna Judson (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, British School at Athens),  “Scribal training in Mycenaean Pylos”


At least 30 people are known to have written administrative documents in the Mycenaean  palace of Pylos immediately before its destruction c.1200 BCE. These “scribes” are, however, entirely anonymous: they did not sign their texts, and so are identified only by differences in their handwriting; similarly, none of the texts refer to scribal work or training and no school texts are preserved. This seminar explores ways in which studying two aspects of the Mycenaean scribes’ writing practices – orthography and handwriting – can shed light on the methods by which they were trained to write and keep records using the Linear B writing system.

The lecture will take place in a hybrid format, with limited in-person attendance and via zoom link. Both will require registration and places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

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Monday 16 May 2022, 5pm (UK) / 7pm (Greece)

Upper House Seminar
When: 16 May @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EEST
Where: British School at Athens, Upper House – Athens – 52 Souedias Street