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Origin of the Latin Language?

In the beginning, there was…well, we're not really sure. The origins of language are lost to time. But at some point, there was Proto-Indo-European, the hypothetical reconstructed ancestor of all the ...
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What did the Etruscans call their letters?

This is what Rex Wallace wrote in Zikh Rasna: A manual of the Etruscan language and inscriptions (Wallace 2008): “In our discussion, we employ the ancient Greek letters for the letters of the [...
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Origin of the Latin Language?

The question might be better suited for Linguistics.SE. However, the general information on the history of Latin is outlined in the Wikipedia article of the same name: "It is believed that the ...
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What is the largest known piece of Etruscan literature?

My guess would be their religious works, particularly pertaining to divination. In his De Divinatione 33.72, Cicero mentions these books: Quorum alia sunt posata in monumentis et disciplina, quod ...
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Are θ/þ/th distinct in Etruscan transcription?

Searching through Glen Gordon's database of attested Etruscan word forms, I haven't found any instances of transcribed th (tau + eta), even as variants or hapaxes. This leads me to believe that it's ...
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What did the Etruscans call their letters?

I recently came across a strange and probably long-superseded theory that deserves mention here. B. L. Ullman, back in 1927, suggests that the Etruscan letter names were identical to the Latin ones. ...
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Do any Latin authors preserve Etruscan quotations?

For bits of Etruscan mentioned in Latin authors, see p186-191 of Bonfante & Bonfante, The Etruscan Language: An Introduction. (Manchester UP, 1983.) I say "bits" because they are almost ...
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Are there Classical attestations of specifically "Etruscan" deities?

I think there probably are Roman deities that the Romans thought were worshipped by Etruscans. I'm less sure about the "specifically" Etruscan part. So far, I haven't seen a primary source that says ...
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