Daily Archives: February 4, 2021

Whatever happened to Linear A?

Did you see what I did there? I seamlessly transitioned back to the story of the alphabet by referencing the Greek letter ‘epsilon’ when we were talking about battle-axes. Pretty slick, right? You know, I amaze even myself sometimes.


Anyhoo, Linear B was used by people in the town of Mycenae (my-SEE-nay). Mycenaeans spoke Mycenaean, an early form of Greek. They may have borrowed and adapted an even older writing system from the Minoans who lived on the island of Crete (KREH-teh). That system is called (by the historians) Linear A. Nobody knows what Linear A says anymore. The Greeks went through a Dark Age and forgot how to write in it. It’s lost—gone.

Back to the beginning of The Western Civ User’s Guide to Reading & Writing.