MELBOURNE -To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Michael Ventris’ diciphering of the Bronze Age Aegean Linear B script – and that it was an early form of Greek – the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria is holding a celebration on Aug. 12 to honor his groundbreaking work. Ventris passed on his research to the BBC. Linear B validated the Greekness of the Mycenaean civilization.
Ventris’ decipherment was a major breakthrough, supplementing the archaeological investigations of the time by giving scholars access to the textual information recorded in the Linear B tablets about the socio-political, economic and religious facets of life in the Mycenaean world. The main speaker of the event is Stavroula Nikoloudis, an archaeologist, specializing in the Aegean Bronze Age (ca. 3000-1000 BCE.)
Her research focuses on Mycenaean society and Mycenaean Greek textual studies (Linear B script.) Having earned her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, she has made excavations in Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and Australia. The lecture will take place at the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria hall on 3rd floor, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne at 5 p.m.