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Origin of the Latin Language?

Latin is an Italic language which originated in the Italian peninsula, and was originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome located along the Mediterranean Sea. Similar to most European languages, ...
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What did the Etruscans call their letters?

We have a solid understanding of what the Romans called the letters of the alphabet, and the names of the Greek letters (alpha, beta, gamma…) are well-known. However, there seems to be a step missing ...
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Are there Classical attestations of specifically “Etruscan” deities?

As the Roman Empire expanded, the state religion incorporated new deities and practices from all over the world: Bacchus, for example, was borrowed from the Greeks, while Isis came from Egypt, and ...
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Do any Latin authors preserve Etruscan quotations?

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 ...
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What is the largest known piece of Etruscan literature?

The Etruscans had a written language, and they must have had some kind of literature. Wikipedia gives a short mention. What is the largest known piece of Etruscan literature? It could be an epic poem, ...
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Are θ/þ/th distinct in Etruscan transcription?

While trying to answer an etymological question, I was looking through several different online resources about Etruscan vocabulary. Annoyingly, although these resources use mostly the same ...