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Zeitschrift für vor- und frühgriechische Epigraphik

Ed. by Blümel, Wolfgang

Together with Brixhe, Claude / Davaras, Costis / Duhoux, Yves / Egetmeyer, Markus / Karageorghis, Vassos

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Volume 44, Issue 1-2


Assignment of Personnel to Cultic Households in Mycenaean Greece and the Hittite Empire (PY Tn 316 and KBo XVI.65)

Alexander Uchitel
Published Online: 2006-05-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/KADM.2005.009


The Pylian tablet Tn 316 is one of the most difficult for interpretation and one of the most discussed documents in the Linear B corpus. Record of human sacrifices, calendar of purification rites, description of a cultic procession have been proposed so far as an overall interpretation of this text. The main difficulty in the interpretation of this text is the phrase i-je-to-qe GN (dat.-loc.) do-ra-qe pe-re po-re-na-qe a-ke DN (dat.) repeated four times in the text. None of the three translations proposed so far is entirely satisfactory. The main weakness of the earlier translation of Ventris–Chadwick: “(he) sacrifices at GN and brings gifts and leads victims”, is the absence of the obvious subject of this sentence. Palmer's translation: “a ceremony of consecration was held at GN, gifts were brought and po-re-na were purified” introduces, as interpretation of all Greek verbs, unattested forms. Nagy's translation: “a procession is to take place at PN and he bears gifts and takes along for his bearing to DN”, interprets po-re-na as a verbal form, which is difficult to reconcile with the appearance of the dative plural form of this word (po-re-si) on TH Of 26.

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Published Online: 2006-05-29

Published in Print: 2005-12-01

Citation Information: Kadmos, Volume 44, Issue 1-2, Pages 51–59, ISSN (Online) 1613-0723, ISSN (Print) 0022-7498, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/KADM.2005.009.

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