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Anitta: The rise of the empire

Posted January 9th, 2015 at 03:16 PM by Midas
Updated January 9th, 2015 at 03:40 PM by Midas

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Originally Posted by Anitta, approximately 3700 years ago
I, Anitta, Son of Pithana, King of Kussara, speak! Dear to the Stormgod of heaven, and when he was dear to the Stormgod of heaven, the king of Nesa [...] to the king of Kussara. The king of Kussara, Pithana, came down out of the city in force, and he took the city of Nesa in the night by force. He took the King of Nesa captive, but he did not do any evil to the inhabitants of Nesa; instead, he made them mothers and fathers. After my father, Pithana, I suppresed a revolt in the same year.
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Towards the possible term of the Phrygian self-identification

Posted November 24th, 2014 at 02:24 PM by Midas
Updated November 24th, 2014 at 10:34 PM by Midas

There is a term appearing several times in Phrygian inscriptions, that has taken the attention of many Phrygian scholars lately.

ΜΑΤΕΡΑΝ : ΑΡΕJΑΣΤΙΝ ΒΟΝΟΚ : ΑΚΕΝΑΝΟΓΑFΟ.Σ. FΡΕΚΥΝ : ΤΕΔΑΤΟJ : JΟΣ ΤΥΤΥΤ---Α.-Μ-?ΝΟJ

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The reading order of the inscription is under debate as the sentence renders in different parts of the rock. More or less it says that someone with the title akenanogawos...
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Ankara in the time of the Phrygians

Posted September 26th, 2014 at 01:48 PM by Midas
Updated September 26th, 2014 at 01:54 PM by Midas

Until few days ago, I was pretty certain that Ankara, the capital of Turkey, got its name from an anchor that the Phrygian king Midas found in the location he established the city. Well, άγκυρα seems to mean anchor, just like in Greek (a sibling language to Phrygian) and many other Indo-European languages.

Nevertheless, while reading a blog of a linguist that I follow, I saw him mentioning that Ankara was the Phrygian word for "canyon". I got...
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On ancient Greek pronunciation

Posted July 12th, 2014 at 04:17 PM by Midas
Updated July 17th, 2014 at 01:05 AM by Midas

So, I guess some of you have tried to figure out how Ancient Greek was pronounced. You start by googling it, find some youtube videos and then get that shocking experience of "Ancient Greek pronunciation". It's like someone is reading Plato with an English accent and that's when you think "I don't know how they pronounced those words, but I am sure they did not pronounce them like this guy".

The truth is that we cannot be sure. The Erasmian pronounciation for example...
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Languages of Crete & Cyprus: Some readable examples!

Posted April 7th, 2013 at 04:11 AM by Midas
Updated January 5th, 2016 at 02:33 PM by Midas

So, you have probably heard of Minoan, Cypro-Minoan etc, but I am pretty sure you never got a good example of a reliable representation on how they were. All of us have googled on Linear A, but we can't be really sure how this syllabic signs rendered the actual language.

Thankfully, we do have some later examples of the first millenium B.C. that are written in forms that we can read. In Crete, we have inscriptions in the Greek alphabet rendering a language that is not reminiscent...
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