Evans, Arthur J.
Scripta minoa: the written documents of minoan Crete with special reference to the archives of Knossos (Band 2): The archives of Knossos: clay tablets inscribed in linear script B — Oxford, 1952

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Arrangement of Words: The word in large signs on the left (beginning) of an entry is called the
'principal': words following it in small signs are 'subsidiaries'. Where there are two registers ('lines')
these are separated in this inventory by an oblique line. The description of subsidiary words as 'type
III' or 'type V refers to the 'cases' in Dr. Kober's article 'Inflexion in Linear Class B: i. Declension'
AJA L, 1946, 268-76. Hundreds are used to indicate the presence of one or more words.
0-100 all words are missing.

101-200 principal: no subsidiaries.

201-300 principal: subsidiary (type III).

301-400 principal: subsid. (type V)/subsid. (type III).

401-500 principal: subsid. (type III)/subsid. (type V).

501-600 principal: subsid. (type III)/subsid. (type V), word.

601-700 principal: subsid. (type V): word/subsid. (type III).

701-800 principal: subsid. (type V: not III as in 301-400).

801-900 principal: subsid. (type III)/subsid. (type V), i.e. reverse of 301-400.
901-1000 principal: subsid. (type V)/no word.

Arrangement of ideograms preceded by words as above
With no register, or with changes in the upper register:
a no register: (i.e. only one line) only ^ (B 91 male) with numeral.
b two registers: upper ^ with numeral/lower blank. Probably not different from a.
c no register: °$ and °j{ with numerals.

d two registers: °$ and °J{ with numerals/blank. Probably not different from c.
e as in a-d plus \ffi with numerals.

0-10. too dubious for further classification.

11-20. Y with numeral preceding as in E a and E b.

21-40. °$ and *X with numerals preceding as in E c and E d; for further subdivisions see E/ below.
/ as in a-d plus ffi (only found in later categories: nos. 51-80 below).
g as in a-d plus ffi and another sign (nos. 61-70).
h as in a-d plus ^ (nos. 71-80).
i as in a-d plus ^.

With similar changes in the lower register

j as in a-d plus [j^ (41-50). o as in a-d plus \°$ . [jf (81-90).

k » » » » +T (51-60)- p „ » » » X

x unclassifiable, but of type E, usually fragments
containing only words.

This classification of about 350 tablets in Group E immediately reveals the formula of each inscrip-
tion, so that a drawing is only necessary for specific words or numerals; e.g. the tablet 1084 is:

(E) a 'cattle' tablet: (<?) ends in [j f ; (22) contains both f and 7\; (300) contains principal; subsidiary (type V)
in upper register; subsidiary (type III) in lower: therefore inventoried as E e 322, being (2) the second item in that

N.B. In other principal groups the subdivisions a, b, c . . . refer to quite different arrangements of
the appropriate ideograms.

^ JJ >> )>

„ tT-1ST (61-70)

"^ >) >> >)

„ *?.&?(61-70).

^ >) >> >>

» >T (71-80).

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