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Sunday, March 04, 2007
 
THE GLORIOUS ETRUSCANS



Fabulous post by Dave Schuler at The Glittering Eye, " Who were the Etruscans?". Dave delves into the history, linguistics and art of mighty Rome's Northern predecessor:

"The Etruscan language

What we know of the Etruscan language comes from inscriptions and “bilinguals”” like the gold inscription at right. A number of Roman writers testified that the Etruscans had a substantial literature but no extensive texts in the language have been found to date. The Etruscan language was written, like Latin and Greek, in an alphabet derived from the Phoenician. Deciphering the texts has not been so much a problem of determining what the letters were as of what the words meant.

I have read claims of relationships between Etruscan and Hungarian, Ukrainian, Dravidian languages and several others, apparently for reasons as much political as linguistic.

The prevailing wisdom on the Etruscan language has been that Etruscan is not an Indo-European language and, indeed, until quite recently Etruscan was believed to be a “linguistic isolate”—a language with no known affinities. More recent scholarship has suggested otherwise. In 1998 the German scholar Helmut Rix published a paper that demonstrated relationships between Etruscan and a number of other languages including Rhaetic, another extinct language of northern Italy, Eteocypriot, a language of Iron Age Cyprus, and Lemnian, a language spoken on the island of Lemnos, interesting in light of the quote from Thucydides cited above"

A must read post for lovers of ancient history and cultures.

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Should be a big hin in europe. They can watch and imagine a similar show in 4000 AD: "who were the Euros? Why did they die off?"
 
Ralph Peters is betting on Euro revivalism based on the history of being the most savagely and consistently warlike subset of peoples on the planet.
 
As the Etruscans were simply assimilated, like the.. entire Latin European world, into Roman culture, the 4000 AD remark is, at best, tedious.
 
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