Papers of Professor Emmett L. Bennett Jr., being the proceedings of a conference - Mycenaean Colloquium 1961 - held in Wisconsin 1961

Scope and Content

The papers - the proceedings - contain the following pieces:

  • - Pylos Tablet Un 1322 - Dr. John Chadwick, Downing College, Cambridge, pp.1-11
  • - Le grafie del wau nella scrittura micenea - Prof. Carlo Gallavotti, Rome, pp.12-22
  • - The origins of Minoan architecture - Prof. J. Walter Graham, University of Toronto, p.23
  • - Overland communications in Greece during LH III: with special reference to southwest Peloponnese - Prof. William A. Mcdonald, University of Minnesota, p.24
  • - Mycenaean among other Greek dialects - Vladimir Georgiev, Academie Bulgarie des Sciences, pp.25-26, pp.42-55
  • - Greek and non-Greek inflexions in Linear B - Saul Levin, State University of New York, pp.27-40
  • - List of other Colloquium participants with titles, p.41
  • - Mycenaean augments and the language of poetry, Henry M. Hoenigswald, University of Philadelphia, pp.56-57
  • - Sur quelques termes du vocabulaire economique Mycenien, Prof. M. Lejeune, Paris, pp.58-61
  • - On the position of the Linear B dialect, Prof. Antonio Tovar, University of Illinois, pp.62-70
  • - Es Porportions, Prof. Mabel Lang, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania pp.71-86
  • - The find-spots of the Pylos Tablets, Emmett L. Bennett Jr. University of Wisconsin, pp.87-96

Administrative / Biographical History

This unpublished report by Professor Emmett L. Bennett Jr. is of the proceedings of a conference held in Wisconsin in 1961, called the Mycenaean Colloquium.

The distinguished Classics scholar, Emmett L. Bennett, born in Minnesota in 1918. Bennett is the founding father of the study of Mycenaean scripts. The focus of his life work was the discovery in 1939 of hundreds of Linear B tablets in Pylos, Greece, by the American archaeologist Carl Blegen (1887-1971) with whom he had worked while earning his Ph.D. at McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati. Bennett edited and analysed the primary inscriptions of the pre-alphabetic syllabic script, Linear B, and to do this he used the same skills he had employed as a cryptographer during World War II.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor Arthur Beattie (1914-1996), on 3 July 1963. Accession no: E2009.16.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Top-level archival description, Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. Papers. Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP), Classics Department, University of Texas at Austin [online].,%20Jr.%20Papers%20Finding%20Aid.pdf  [Accessed 14 April 2009].

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None created for this collection.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library.

Custodial History

Previously noted as Df.3.95, and D.21940, within Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library, but not recorded beyond the note on the item.

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