Miguel Carrasquer Vidal mcv at
Sun Feb 7 01:47:53 UTC 1999

JoatSimeon at wrote:


>>Etruscan was spoken in Greece and Western Anatolia before 1200 BC, closer to
>>Semitic than IE.

>-- this is, to say the least, not generally accepted.

R.S.P. Beekes and L.B. van der Meer ("De Etrusken spreken", 1991)
conclude that the question of origin of the Etruscans was solved
in 1886, when the Lemnos stele was discovered.  That's correct.
The exact date of their migration from the Aegean to Italy can be
argued over.  Everything points to the 12th century, though.

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal
mcv at

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