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Old December 26th, 2010, 11:15 PM   #1
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Ancient Lost or Untranslated language


Does anyone know if there is any ongoing studies or experts in the field?

For example is there any effort to conduct or ongoing research dealing with languages like Vinča or proto-Elamite, Etruscan etc....

Curious.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 07:18 AM   #2

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Well Linear A still waits to be understood and I guess that there are at the moment scholars who are trying to translate it but it is too difficult...

I really hope we can comprehend Linear A one day because I definitely want to read those Minoan texts.
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I read an excellent book on the subjact once. However it stated that the subject was pretty much dead as any language capable of being translated had in recent years and the very few that weren't becaue too little info existed ever to be able to translate them.
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It would be great to be able to translate Etruscan, but the last recorded person who could read it was the Roman Emperor Claudius, so I doubt we'll ever be able to learn it. But stranger things have happened, just look at the Rosetta Stone, which allowed us to read Hieroglyphics.
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Yes fascinating about only Claudius......one would have thought someone else knew it and recorded a translation device or opined on it. Perhaps in the great archive of the Vatican? Alas as Toltec points out interest faids due to inability to research.

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Yes fascinating about only Claudius......one would have thought someone else knew it and recorded a translation device or opined on it. Perhaps in the great archive of the Vatican? Alas as Toltec points out interest faids due to inability to research.

Most kind of you all to respond.
Claudius in fact wrote a Etruscan dictionary and a multi-volume history of the Etruscans, but like so many ancient texts, they have been lost to the ages..
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Claudius in fact wrote a Etruscan dictionary and a multi-volume history of the Etruscans, but like so many ancient texts, they have been lost to the ages..
Indeed. He probably had much assistence from his first wife....Urgullanilla.
Iirc, somehwere in Seutonius he maintained she was of Etruscan stock.
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It would be great to be able to translate Etruscan, but the last recorded person who could read it was the Roman Emperor Claudius, so I doubt we'll ever be able to learn it. But stranger things have happened, just look at the Rosetta Stone, which allowed us to read Hieroglyphics.
I remember reading once that Louis Bonaparte, a relative of Napoleon, had a vast collection of Etruscan artefacts including many clay tablets with writing on. In an attempt to increase the value of his more decorative pieces he destroyed all the undecorated ones including the tablets. If there was an Etruscan rosetta stone I fear it may well have fallen victim to this crass piece of cultural vandalism.
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Damn...ya may be right...I never liked Louis much anyway.
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