|The disc of Phaistos, was found at the beginning of this century amid the ruins of the ancient town of Phaistos in Crete during the campain of the Italian archaeologist F.Halbherr, and it is a singularity in the series of written documentations of the Past: no other registration has this kind of ideographs, or characters, and for this reason it is of difficult, if not impossible, deciphering. Nevertheless it is interesting to notice the kind of images representing the characters. We can see in fact concepts and situations according very good to a Mediterranean context: plants, tools and weapons and animals ( i'm citing from the book of L.Godart "Il Disco di Festo: l'enigma di una Scrittura "). Among the various "characters" very realistic images of a warlike world can be noticed: soldiers and also prisoners: Is that possible now that potential victims of this world have very simply adopted concepts that for sure could inspire sadness or loathing? Or, rather, was it a matter simply of a self-portrayal ?|
is to say that, the head represented in ideogram #2 (the plumed head) would
the Author of the Disc, or of an allied.
|ideogram of the prisoner (#4)|
|A site with
a listing of many other web-pages relating to the interpretation of the Disc
of Phaestos is
Efforts to decipher.. by A. Svoronos.
Recently an interesting attempt of understanding the Disk as a board game, but with a religious and symbolic meaning! More on the Site Board Games.
Here a little attempt of
mine to understand some aspects
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