Material Text Cultures

Administrative Text Practice in Mycenaean Greece. On the Material and Medium-Related Aspects of Early Greek Scripturality


former staff members

Teilprojektleiter Prof. Dr. Diamantís Panagiotópoulos
akademische Mitarbeiterin Dr. Angeliki Karagianni





  • Analysis of the earliest Greek texts from a praxeological standpoint
  • Documenting the transmitted and off-record areas of Mycenaean administration on the basis of select homogeneous text corpuses
  • Shifting the research perspective from the passive concept of ‘knowledge’ to that of ‘information’, which as a dynamic process embraces selecting, shaping, securing, preparing and retrieving knowledge


The aim of the sub-project is a thorough analysis of the material constitution and communicative potential of the corpus of the Mycenaean Linear B tablets, which comprises approx. 5700 tablets. At the centre of the study are the aspects regarding

  • their material properties,
  • the structure of the information,
  • the format,
  • their legibility,
  • access to and
  • mobilisation of the tablets.


  • Viewing the tablets not as a ‘source’ but as an object of study per se
  • Drawing up material profiles of the tablets, including their material, graphological and contextual aspects
  • Casting light on the various forms by which administrative information was exchanged at the interface between the written and spoken word


Subprojects of the 3rd Funding Period

A01 A02 A03 A05 A06 A08 A09 A10 A11 A12 B01 B04 B09 B10 B13 B14 B15 C05 C07 C08 C09 C10 INF Ö2 Z



Completed Subprojects

A01 A03 A04 B02 B03 B06 B07 B11 B12 C01 C02 C03 C04 C06 IGK Ö1



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