Thanks to the awesome talk on Bronze Age Greece
mentioned in my earlier post, I am now well stocked with Mycenaean names of all kinds -- or um, some kinds, anyway. This list is mostly for me and my potential future needs, but I thought some of you would appreciate the quick reference.
It seems like some names were based on occupation -- which shouldn't be too surprising, all things considered. In the modern world. we have that same kind of convention in our surnames (Smith, Potter, Cooper). A few examples from Linear B, related to Smithing:
Arisbas (he who quenches very much)
Pamphusos (all bellows)
Psolarkhos (he who rules over soot)
Other names were related to, it seems, characteristics:
Atukhos (Unlucky, armorer of the king)
plus another name I didn't catch the spelling of but translated to "On the Lake" ha!
And still more were mentioned in passing and I have no idea what they mean:
Tantalos (like Tantalus? Kind of fitting if it was, what with him being the Great-Grandfather of Agamemnon.)
Komawens son of Dewos
Pakhullos, son of Dewos
Finally, a couple of titles:**
, or King -- in the PALACE context, as opposed to the hamlet context)
, Leader of the Host -- Kind of like the king, but not quite as impressive.)
, Follower -- hypothesized as similar to Alexander the Great's companions, aristocratic companions to the Wanax.)
"community leader" or chief, which came to mean "king" in later Greek)
(not explicitly discussed but presented in a chart as "governors" and "chiefs")
**Hyphenated words are the Linear B representations, and inside the parentheticals you'll find the later Greek and the meaning.
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