- If the Veneti were Celts, then why cannot the surviving inscriptions be
translated using Celtic variants, but are discernable using Slavic
rootwords, viz. Slovene?
- Tom wrote:
>If the Veneti were Celts, then why cannot the survivingI realise that you don't mean GJC's adversaries, the Veneti in Brittany, but
>inscriptions be translated using Celtic variants, but are
>discernable using Slavic rootwords, viz. Slovene?
some more info. would be useful, here - Which inscriptions? On what? From
what contexts? Dated to what period? How secure is the dating?
I ask because my understanding is that there are precious few identifiably
Celtic inscriptions anywhere, and that the very few that there are use Greek
letters. This is not to say that Celts were illiterate - Caesar, I think,
notes that they kept written records on wax tablets. These, though, are not
If there were remnant Celtic groups around when the Slavs turned up and took
over shortly after 500AD, then there would certainly be some linguistic
crossover. Many modern Czech placenames, for example, have Celtic roots,
which points to the assimilation of the earlier inhabitants when the Slavs
moved in ("Hey you, what's that called...?").
Alastair Millar <alastair@...>
url: http:// www.skriptorium.cz