My name is Karl-Heinz Lewin. On this website I would like to deal with the Computus Paschalis, the ancient and medieval Easter calculation, with the modern Easter calculation, with calendars, calendar calculations, calendar conversions from one calendar system to another, with planetary astronomy, as far as it is relevant for the Easter or calendar calculation, with programming languages and their respective quirks, with natural languages and their interconnections, with the German language and its flattenings, with scripts and alphabets and their decipherments.
Three years ago, I came across writings by Kiev professor Iurii Mosenkis on the platform academia.edu, in which he deals with the decipherment of the Cretan linear script A and comes to the conclusion that the language is a Greek dialect.
In fact, there is no lack of attempts to decipher the few surviving written documents in Linear A on the assumption of one or other language or language family - however “many consider themselves qualified, but only a few are predestined” [Tabary in the comic series “Iznogoud”]:
I will leave it at the examples given. Presumably each of these authors has recognised one or other of the word equations correctly – there are probably Hattic, Hurrian and Semitic (Akkadian) words in Minoan texts (I consider Hungarian and Japanese words to be far-fetched), just as there are Hebrew (Jubel), Arabic (Magazin) and Turkish (Kiosk) words in the German language. However, the suffixes cited by Mosenkis and the prefix a as well as the pictorial representations (puppy = skylax for Scylla, knee for Knossos, spider = Arachna for Ariadne / Arihagna, etc.) have convinced me that Mosenkis interpreted the texts correctly.
The results of the works of
I have summarised the work of Mosenkis and his findings in the article “Linear A is deciphered – the language is Greek” (to be found on the navigation bar under [Scripts and Languages]).
03.11.2023 / 26.06.2023
Today I put my first Easter calculator on my website
(see under [Interactive Antique Easter calculators]).
It implements the algorithm of the Ravenna Easter calendar stone with selectable start year and selectable
time span (number of years), once in modern representation and the other one in antique representation.
Note that the start year 1 almost certainly corresponds to the year 532 C.E.
With the default setting (start year: 1, number of years: 95), the antique representation
should correspond exactly to the values of the Ravenna Easter calendar stone with a few exceptions.
The antique representation allows a tabulation up to the year MDCCCCLXXXXↅIII (1999) at the most.
Since this corresponds to the year 2530 C.E., I have refrained from implementing the representation
of even larger numerical values in Roman numerals according to the notation of the Easter calendar stone.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
As a first article, I present here an English translation of an updated German version of my first publication dealing with the marble Easter tablet in the Archbishop’s Museum at Ravenna and its possible implications for the doubts expressed elsewhere <karl-der-große.de> about the validity of our believed chronology. (To be found on the topic sheet under [Computus Paschalis: Antique Easter calculation].)