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Old October 29th, 2017, 01:36 PM   #1

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The Raeti Tribe: Descendents of Etruscan?


I'm playing the Divide Et Imperium mod for Rome II: Total War. One of the types of auxiliaries I can hire are "COHORS RAETORUM". In the unit description I can read, "The Raeti are hardy mountain warriors, proud descendents of the Etruscans."

I know video games aren't the greatest sources for historical information, but this seems really.. unusual.

Can anyone tell me whether this claim has any truth to it, or where it comes from?
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Both game and mod are excellent, by the way.

I have found that the Rhaetians were a set of tribes (not one only) that inhabited North Italy in the Alps and were possibly related to the Etruscans as neighbors, but this is not confirmed.

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The debate seems to be whether the Rhaetians were indigenous to the region of the Alps, or whether they migrated there along with the Etruscans from the east. Perhaps the Rhaetians were both, just like the Lusitanians in Iberia who were indigenous people that mixed with the migrating Celts.
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They used the same language, didn’t they? Or at least the same script?
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