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    Kosmos in the Mycenaean Tablets: The Response of the Mycenaean 'Scribes' to the Mycenaean Culture of Kosmos
    (2014) Palaima, Thomas G.
    Paper delivered at the 13th Annual International Aegean Conference at the University of Copenhagen. Palaima considers the idiosyncrasies of individual Mycenaean scribal hands in light of palace architecture and the material surroundings of their day-to-day world.
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    KO Ko 2010 Cloth Fragments of the Rapinewiad
    (2012) Palaima, Thomas G.
    Humorous paper delivered at the 13th International Aegean Conference at the University of Copenhagen.
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    The Significance of Mycenaean Words Relating to Meals, Meal Rituals, and Food
    (2008) Palaima, Thomas G.
    An actual piece delivered at the 12th International Aegean Conference. Palaima discusses the Linear B and historical Greek terminology for 'meals' in order to arrive at a clearer view of what the data for banqueting were and what historical, cultural, and social factors might explain why the Linear B tablets have a meager vocabulary for feasting.
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    A New Linear B Inscription from the Land Down Under: AUS HO(ME) Bo 2008
    (2008) Palaima, Thomas G.
    Gag paper on a fictitious Linear B boomerang, given at the 12th International Aegean Conference held in Melbourne.
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    Mycenaean Society and Kingship: Cui Bono? A Counter-Speculative View
    (2007) Palaima, Thomas G.
    In this paper, delivered at the 11th International Aegean Conference, Palaima responds to the negative appraisals of Mycenaean palace-states and their rulers by Deger-Jalkotzy, Sherratt, and Kopcke.
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    Bob Dylan: Our Homer
    (2006-03-01) Palaima, Thomas G.
    The thesis of Palaima's presentation is that, first of all, more than any other American popular artist during the last half century, Bob Dylan has the qualities of an oral poet; and second, that Dylan’s songs serve the same functions of social enculturation and witness to key realities of life that were the hallmark of ancient Greek oral poetry like Homer’s Iliad and Hesiod’s Works and Days.
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    OL Zh I: QVOVSQVE TANDEM?
    (2002) Palaima, Thomas G.
    In this chapter, contained within the archaeological report on the site of Kafkania in the northwestern Peloponnese, Palaima critiques the hypothesis that the "Kafkania pebble" can be dated to the Middle Helladic period (c. 2000-1500 B.C.) and thus predates the earliest known Linear B tablets. He begins with a formal description of the object, enumerates its difficulties, and considers alternative possibilities for its provenance, most conspicuously that it may be a forgery.
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    Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Writing. The Parallel Lives of Michael Ventris and Linda Schele and the Decipherment of Mycenaean and Mayan Writing
    (2000) Palaima, Thomas G.; Pope, Elizabeth I.; Reilly, F. Kent III
    Catalogue of an exhibition conducted in conjunction with the Eleventh International Mycenological Colloquium held at the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. This program features brief histories of the CIPEM Mycenological conferences and PASP, followed by comparative retrospectives on both Michael Ventris, who deciphered Linear B, and Linda Schele, who performed a similar feat for Mayan glyphs.
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    Linear A > Linear B
    (1999) Palaima, Thomas G.; Sikkenga, Elizabeth
    Palaima and Sikkenga compare Linear B with Linear A and the Cypriote Syllabary. Their chapter, part of a collection of studies in Aegean archaeology made in honor of Malcolm H. Wiener, draws out the distinctive features of Linear B and addresses common scholarly criticisms of this script as an effective way to write the Greek language.
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    Mycenaean Militarism from a Textual Perspective. Onomastics in Context: lawos, damos, klewos
    (1999) Palaima, Thomas G.
    In this paper, after surveying the Linear B textual evidence that demonstrates palatial concern for centralized control and organization of military equipment and personnel, Palaima uses the evidence of onomastics and of textual/administrative context to explore the varying degrees to which fundamental cultural notions of 'militarism' permeated different levels and components of Mycenaean society. He particularly marks out: (1) the factors that must be taken into account in weighing the tablet evidence and (2) the tablet series and subject areas that are likely to yield meaningful results. Palaima concentrates on three terms (lawos, damos and klewos) that offer a view across social groups and divisions, and assesses the evidence in contrast to naming patterns in the historical period. He further examines the names of individuals who have been identified as 'collectors.'