A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus: The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC

A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus: The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600-300 BC

by Philippa M. Steele


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This pioneering volume approaches the languages and scripts of ancient Cyprus from an interdisciplinary point of view, with a primarily linguistic and epigraphic approach supplemented by a consideration of their historical and cultural context. The focus is on furthering our knowledge of the non-Greek languages/scripts, as well as appreciating their place in relation to the much better understood Greek language on the island. Following on from recent advances in Cypro-Minoan studies, these difficult, mostly Late Bronze Age inscriptions are reassessed from first principles. The same approach is taken for non-Greek languages written in the Cypriot Syllabic script during the first millennium BC, chiefly the one usually referred to as Eteocypriot. The final section is then dedicated to the Phoenician language, which was in use on Cyprus for some hundreds of years. The result is a careful reappraisal of these languages/scripts after more than a century of sometimes controversial scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107617414
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2017
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 299
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Philippa M. Steele is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, and a Fellow of Magdalene College and Director of Studies in Classics at Wolfson College. In 2013-14 she gave the annual Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford, on the theme of 'Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus'. She is the editor of Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013). A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus is a publication of her doctoral research, which won the University of Cambridge's prestigious Hare Prize.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Cypro-Minoan; 2. Eteocypriot; 3. Phoenician; Conclusion.

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