- Dec 2011
- Scandinavia, Balkans, Anatolia, Hatay
I appologise if I have been sharp, but I have been dealing with a lot of paranoia here lately.First of all, it's an interesting position you have taken labeling me as a "chauvinist". It seems like you took an exception to what I added to this thread (quotes from E. Abbott's book), but that is not my problem.
And I agree with you. The ancient Hellenes were an ethnic mix of diverse races and tribes.
I have written a lot of things here on the issue and it is as clear as it can get. My main point was to make clear that mainstream scholarship, does not stick to terms such as Pelasgians, Dryopes etc or what Ancient Greeks meant when they mentioned them (because it doesn't make sense). The proto-Indo-Europeans who brought the pre-proto-Greek dialect of IE to Greece, were not that many to change completely the local population. Yes, there are areas (e.g eastern Crete) that are more "IE" genetically than other areas, but, just like the Hittites (Nesites), those people were not a majority. The native populations changed their speech by time in the same way and the same reasons Hattians, Sumerians, Iberians and so on did. What linguists do today, is not to try to define "Who were the Pelasgians", but what kind of language(s) were spoken in Greece, before Greek, by examining the substratum words in Greek (which are many).