Writing «systems»: Literacy and the transmission of writing in nonadministrative contexts

Philippa Steele
A wide range of document types have been preserved written in the undeciphered scripts of the Aegean and Cyprus (Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A and Cypro-Minoan), with inscriptions appearing on a variety of media and object types. Some of these inscriptions are assumed to relate to centralised administrative structures, especially those on particular types of clay objects such as tablets and seals/sealings. This paper, however, will deal with the question of literacy existing outside of any...

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