Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Modern Approach in Humanities.
Year: 2018 | Page No:96
On Decipherment of the Inscriptions of Linear A in the Common Kartvelian Language
The object of this paper is deciphering of Cretan Linear A inscriptions spread mainly across the Aegean area.
1. The paper presents a brief background of the ancient population of the Peloponnese, Asia Minor and the Aegean islands before the Indo-European migrations.
It is supposed that the indigenous inhabitants of this area were of non-Indo-European and non-Semitic origin.
2. The study of the linguistic material and graphical qualities of Linear A, and the phonetic reading of Linear B script by M. Ventris, granted the correctness of my decipherment of Linear A inscriptions in the Common Kartvelian.
Some of the deciphered Linear A words are the following:
a. Words for numeral operations: (addition) ku-ro – “to bind, gather, collect, add”, and (subtraction) ki-ro – “fault, defect; to subtract, lessen, diminish, cut off”; b. Names of vessels for liquid – qa-pa3, ka-ti, and ka-di;
c. The toponyms and anthroponyms: pa-i-to – “Phaistos”; a-ja – “Aea”; ku-ta- – “Cyta[ea]”; ku-ku-da-ra – “a Colchian person”; ma-ka-ri-te – “the island of Macris/Euboea (Macrean or Macrones tribe)”.
Key words: Linear A script, the Common Kartvelian language, comparative and inner reconstructions.