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p. 142. The Etruscan languagelocked

  • Christopher Smith


‘The Etruscan language’ describes what we know about the language of the Etruscans and how much we can decipher about them from their language. Etruscan is not an Indo-European language. Almost all Etruscan we see now survives as inscriptions on stone, metal, painted surface, or pottery. However, the inscriptions that exist only get us so far in understanding this culture. It mostly appears as dedications although there are some longer inscriptions, and some important bilingual inscriptions. Etruscan books on ritual matters were consulted outside Etruria but none has survived.

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