Knossos tablet KN 894 N v 01 (Ashmolean) as a guide to Mycenaean chariot construction and design


Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

Knossos tablet KN 894 N v 01 (Ashmolean) as a guide to Mycenaean chariot construction and design
KN 894 An1910_211_o.jpg wheel ZEIn spite of my hard gained experience in translating Linear B tablets, the translation of this tablet on chariot construction and design posed considerable challenges. At the outset, several of the words descriptive of Mycenaean chariot design eluded my initial attempts at an accurate translation. By accurate I not only mean that problematic words must make sense in the total context of the descriptive text outlining Mycenaean chariot construction and design, but that the vocabulary entire must faithfully reconstruct the design of Mycenaean chariots as they actually appeared in their day and age. In other words, could I come up with a translation reflective of the actual construction and design of Mycenaean chariots, not as we fancifully envision them in the twenty-first century, but as the Mycenaeans themselves manufactured them to be battle…

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