Linaer B, Linear A and Cypro-Minoan

The Greek alphabet is considered to be the oldest European script, but it had some little known predecessors. Linear B is a syllabic script that was used for writing Mycenaean Greek, the earliest attested language form of Greek. The script predates the Greek alphabet by several centuries and the oldest Mycenaean writing dates to about 1450 BC.

In the 1950s, Linear B was largely deciphered by Michael Ventris, an English linguist, and found to encode an early form of Greek. It is itself descended from the older Linear A, an as yet undeciphered earlier script used for writing the Minoan language and found mainly on the island Crete. Although the two systems share many symbols, this did not lead to a subsequent decipherment of Linear A.

Linear A has hundreds of signs. They are believed to represent syllabic, ideographic, and semantic values in a manner similar to Linear B. While many of those assumed to be syllabic signs are similar to ones in Linear B, approximately 80% of Linear A's logograms are unique, which might mean that the script is hieroglypic in nature.

Some scolars accept that the Egyptians helped to create the Greek (and thus Cypriot) civilisation. One of them was Martin Bernal, writer of the book  or rather trilogy, 'Black Athena'. It is therefore not a very farfetched idea to suppose that the earliest transliterations of a Greek language would use Egyptian hieroglyphes.
But there's an even older script: The Cypro-Minoan syllabary (CM) is an undeciphered syllabic script used on the island of Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1550–1050 BC). Little is known about how this script originated or about the underlying language. However, its use continued into the Early Iron Age, forming a link to the Cypriot syllabary, which has been deciphered as Greek. The Cypriot or Cypriote syllabary is a syllabic script used in Iron Age Cyprus, from about the 11th to the 4th centuries BCE, when it was replaced by the Greek alphabet.

I know it all sounds very confusing, but you have to remember that these were all sort of trials that lasted several centuries before these ancient alphabeths were replaced by newer ones. It would eventually lead to our modern alphabeth. We have to thank the Cypriots for that. They were the very first.

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