Aegean Linear B
units of capacity, ~1450 – 1200 bce

The values in liters shown below are the rough estimates of John Chadwick (see pages 58-60 of Documents in Mycenaean Greek. 2nd edition).

Dry capacity

There is no ideogram for the largest unit. Instead, if the ideogram for, say, WHEAT is immediately followed by a numeral, the base unit of dry capacity is understood to have been meant.

   

(no ideogram)

   

𐄼

10

 

𐄾

6

60

𐄿

4

24

240

½
L

2
L

12
L

120
L

Liquid capacity

   

(no ideogram)

   

𐄽

3

 

𐄾

6

18

𐄿

4

24

72

½
L

2
L

12
L

36
L

for further reading

Emmett L. Bennett, Jr.
Fractional quantities in Minoan bookkeeping.
American Journal of Archaeology, vol 54, no. 3, pages 204-222 (July - Sept., 1950).

John Chadwick.
Documents in Mycenaean Greek. 2nd edition.
First edition by Michael Ventris and John Chadwick.
Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press, 1973.

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