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The Etruscan language

Christopher Smith

in The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199547913
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191779817 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199547913.003.0003

Series: Very Short Introductions

The Etruscan language

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‘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.

Keywords: Capua; Etruscans; Indo-European; language; pottery; ritual

Chapter.  920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient and Classical Art (to 500 CE) ; Classical History ; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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