Gareth Alun Owens

Gareth Alun Owens

Gareth Alun Owens

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Gareth Alun Owens (born 1964) is a British-Greek academic, currently serving as Associate Director and «Erasmus/Socrates» Manager/Tutor of the International Relations Office, TEI of Crete and Associate Professor of Hellenic Culture - History, Language and Civilization. He is notable for his contributions to Linear B studies and his attempts to coordinate the efforts of academics to decipher Linear A.


Owens read Classics at University College London, completing a master's thesis on Linear B and a thesis on the problem of Linear A for his Ph.D. in archaeology. He has taught at London and at the University of Crete, and authored several publications in both English and Modern Greek.

Owens is married to a Greek archaeologist with whom he frequently collaborates. He has earned Modern Greek Diploma of Proficiency from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens where he took a second Ph.D. in linguistics. Owens applied for and was granted citizenship; in fulfilling his obligations as a male Greek citizen, Owens briefly served in the Hellenic Army. In addition to his academic postings, Owens has worked as a translator for the BBC and taught English on Crete. Recently, Gareth served as the Sigma Phi Epsilon 2010 Tragos Quest to Greece Professor, teaching Greek literature and history to sixteen of the fraternity's top leaders.

Linear A

Owens postulates that the phonetic values of ninety-percent of Linear A characters correspond to those of Linear B figures...
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