THE PHAISTOS DISC: A LUWIAN LETTER TO NESTOR
Winfried Achterberg, Jan Best, Kees Enzler, Lia Rietveld, Fred Woudhuizen
In this study, all aspects of the famous Discus of Phaistos, running from its archaeological find-context to its proper place in Aegean history, receive an in-depth treatment. The authors, forming together the Alverna Research Group, believe that the script and language of the discus are basically related to Luwian Hieroglyphic of southern and western Anatolia (= present-day Turkey). Working from this line of approach, they reach the conclusion that it contains a letter, transcribed in the local script of Phaistos, from Great King Tarkhundaradus of Arzawa in Anatolia to king Nestor of Pylos in Akhaia (= Mycenaean Greece), who had conquered dependencies of the former in the island of Crete. As long as a bilingual text of the Cretan variant of Luwian Hieroglyphic with a better known script and language is lacking, the readings presented here cannot be proved beyond any shade of doubt, but the least that can be said is that they are underpinned from all possible corners of incidence in an astonishing and detailed way thus far unparalleled.
Publications of the Henri Frankfort Foundation 13.
2004. 153 pp. € 30.00. ISBN 90-72067-11-8.
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