I’m very pleased to be able to share a podcast I recorded for the Classical Youth Society of Ireland‘s “Conversing the Classics” series, in which I talk to Oscar McHale about the Linear B writing system: what it is, what kinds of text were written in it, and what it can tell us about Greece in the Late Bronze Age, as well as how it was first discovered and deciphered. You can listen/watch here:
In fact, this is kicking off the second series of podcasts the CYMI have made with classicists from around the UK talking about all kinds of different topics. Check out their Youtube for podcasts from the previous series on the Odyssey, Medea, fragmentary Latin texts, the Roman army, Alexander the Great, and a whole lot more – and keep checking back for more podcasts in the second series!
If you’d like to learn more about the decipherment of Linear B, you can read a chapter I wrote about it here – and you can also listen to an extract from the radio broadcast in which Ventris announced his decipherment here. And of course feel free to ask me any questions in the comments here or on Twitter!
Thanks are due to Oscar for organising and recording the podcast, Michael Fuller for the editing, the Classical Association of Ireland for funding the production of this series of podcasts, and the Cambridge Faculty of Classics and Museum of Classical Archaeology for providing a recording location and permission to use images of their casts of tablets. The map was created using Antiquity à-la-Carte (CC BY 4.0).