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Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions: Volume 2: The Corpus

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This volume is the first comprehensive archaeological catalogue of all the extant inscriptions written in the un-deciphered syllabary of Late Bronze Age Cyprus (1500-1200 BC): the so-called Cypro-Minoan script. In conjunction with Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions Volume 1: Analysis, this volume focuses on the physical reality of the inscribed objects containing Cypro-Minoan and the archaeological contexts in which they were found. Offering a detailed, systematic, and rigorous examination of both the objects and their ...

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Overview

This volume is the first comprehensive archaeological catalogue of all the extant inscriptions written in the un-deciphered syllabary of Late Bronze Age Cyprus (1500-1200 BC): the so-called Cypro-Minoan script. In conjunction with Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions Volume 1: Analysis, this volume focuses on the physical reality of the inscribed objects containing Cypro-Minoan and the archaeological contexts in which they were found. Offering a detailed, systematic, and rigorous examination of both the objects and their functions in the material record, it proposes a new way of examining the inscriptions. This comprehensive standpoint therefore considers not only the inscriptions themselves, but more importantly the contexts and functions of the inscribed objects, which are significant for the documentary evidence they bear and the part they play as physical entities manufactured, shaped, and used by past peoples for a defined purpose.

Organized in a catalogue format, each object is analysed, illustrated, and accompanied by a detailed commentary on the context of recovery and typological characteristics with full bibliographical references. While a standalone reference work, it aims to showcase the inscribed objects discussed in Volume 1: Analysis, fully illustrating them in a series of photographs, including 50 colour plates, and drawings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199693825
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Silvia Ferrara is a Research Fellow at the University of La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations and Plates
Introduction: An Archaeological Corpus
1.1. Historical Background
1.2. Definition of the Corpus
1.3. Corpus Structure and Order of Entry
1.4. Additions (ADD ##218-##243)
1.5. Appendices
THE INSCRIPTIONS: ##001-##243
Appendices
List of Cypro-Minoan Objects and their Functions
Sign Variants
General Bibliography

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