[Sca-cooks] Romans + Mint
t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Wed Jun 6 14:37:10 PDT 2007
> Terry Decker wrote:
>> The earliest references to mint of which I am aware are in Mycenaean and,
>> according to one source, appear to be in common use in the earliest
>> writings. This would place the knowledge of mint in Pelloponnesus
>> 1600 and 1200 BCE. Since Mycenaean is a direct ancestor of Hellenic
>> it is probably the "earlier source" suggested.
> Where did you find that?
Tablets MY Ge 602-608, recovered in 1954 from the House of the Sphinxes,
list some of the common spices including mint. I encountered the
information in the English abstract of a Polish journal a few years ago.
There is also at least one journal article on the contents of the tablets in
JSTOR. Unfortunately I don't read Polish and I don't have access to JSTOR
Gernot Katzer makes reference to the Mycenaean uasge at:
And the word shows up in a Linear B glossary at:
You can also come across references to a gruel of meal, water and mint used
in the Eleusinian mysteries, but I don't have any specific references that
tie that to the Mycenaean form of the mysteries.
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