‘Diktaian Master’: A Minoan Predecessor of Diktaian Zeus in Linear A?

Miguel Valério


The article concerns the Linear A form j/a-di-ki-te-te-du-pu2-re which occurs in four stone libation tablets from Palaikastro, in eastern Crete. The starting point of the present analysis is the element (-)du-pu2-re, which appears as a Wanderwort pertaining to the sphere of power and kingship, and is ultimately connected to the Hittite royal title tabarna-/labarna-. Hence, the whole form above should be rendered as ‘Diktaian Master (dat.)’ (vel. sim.), with clear reference to a Minoan deity predecessor of the later Diktaian Zeus.

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Kadmos is a journal publishing papers and communications (but no reviews) relating to pre-Greek and early Greek epigraphy, i. e. to inscriptions from the whole of the Mediterranean area dating back either 1) to the time before or during the spread of Greek in the relevant regions or 2) to the early phase of the development of Greek (in Linear A, Linear B or an archaic alphabetic script).