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Many Latin and a few Greek phrases are now used in English, even by people who don't necessarily know the original language, as proverbs, phrases, mottos, and so on. Many short fragments from ancient authors are also preserved through this sort of quotation, even when the original work they come from has been lost.

Were any snippets of Etruscan, Oscan, or other non-Latin languages of Italy preserved in this way?

  • Extremely interesting question! I'd love to hear about Etruscan quotations. I've never heard of any, though, which does not bode well... – Cerberus May 8 '18 at 3:32

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