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Studies in Mycenaean Texts, Language, and Culture in Honor of José Luis Melena Jiménez

Edited by Julián Méndez Dosuna, Thomas G. Palaima, and Carlos Varias García

ISBN 9780674272576

Publication date: 08/09/2022

José Luis Melena Jiménez is a peerless scholar of editing the texts written in the Mycenaean writing system of the late second millennium BCE and explicating their linguistic and “historical” contents.

This volume takes up problems of script and language representation and textual interpretation, ranging from the use of punctuation markers and numbers in the Linear B tablets and the values of specific signs, to personal names and place names reflecting the ethnic composition of Mycenaean society and the dialects spoken during the proto-Homeric period of the late Bronze Age. New insights are offered into Mycenaean furniture, war chariots, pictorial vases, land cultivation, arboriculture, and shrine areas. Other papers discuss wealth finance, prestige goods, the ideology of obligatory payment, long-puzzling tax impositions, and the inevitable collapse of the palatial economic and political systems.


  • Julián Méndez Dosuna is Professor of Greek Philology at Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Thomas G. Palaima is Robert M. Armstrong Professor of Classics and Director of the Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Carlos Varias García is Associate Professor of Greek Philology in the Department of Antiquity and Middle Age Studies at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Book Details

  • 310 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Center for Hellenic Studies