The Etruscan language has been difficult to analyze, as It resembles no other language in Europe or elsewhere. The Etruscan language was spoken and written by the Etruscan civilization in the ancient region of Etruria (modern Tuscany plus western Umbria and northern Latium) and in parts of Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna (where the Etruscans were displaced by Gauls). Etruscan was superseded by Latin, leaving only a few documents and some loanwords in Latin like Roma.

The Etruscan language has been difficult to analyze, as It resembles no other language in Europe or elsewhere. The Etruscan language was spoken and written by the Etruscan civilization in the ancient region of Etruria (modern Tuscany plus western Umbria and northern Latium) and in parts of Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna (where the Etruscans were displaced by Gauls). Etruscan was superseded by Latin, leaving only a few documents and some loanwords in Latin like Roma.

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The ancestry of the Roman alphabet from Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs) to Semetic (early Hebrew) to Phoenician to Greek. (J, U, and W were late additions to the Roman alphabet.) The Ancient Egyptian name for their own writing system was "Metu Neter" - meaning divine speech. "Hieroglyphs" is a Greek word - "hieros" means "sacred", "glyph" means writing.

The ancestry of the Roman alphabet from Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs) to Semetic (early Hebrew) to Phoenician to Greek. (J, U, and W were late additions to the Roman alphabet.) The Ancient Egyptian name for their own writing system was "Metu Neter" - meaning divine speech. "Hieroglyphs" is a Greek word - "hieros" means "sacred", "glyph" means writing.

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The RAS'NA (Etruscan) Alphabet. The Etruscan language is universally accepted as an isolated case. It cannot be shown conclusively to be related to any other language, living or dead, except for a couple of sparsely attested extinct languages.  Here they used ancient Greek an Phoenicians signs to fit their still mysterious language..

The RAS'NA (Etruscan) Alphabet. The Etruscan language is universally accepted as an isolated case. It cannot be shown conclusively to be related to any other language, living or dead, except for a couple of sparsely attested extinct languages. Here they used ancient Greek an Phoenicians signs to fit their still mysterious language..

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Detail of Map of Italy 5th century BC: Etruscan territory and sphere of influence.
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Text in lost language may reveal god or goddess worshipped by Etruscans at ancient temple

Text in lost language may reveal god or goddess worshipped by Etruscans at ancient temple

2,500-Year-Old Monument Could Help Crack the Mysterious Etruscan Language | Smart News | Smithsonian

2,500-Year-Old Monument Could Help Crack the Mysterious Etruscan Language | Smart News | Smithsonian

A 500-pound stone tablet found in the foundation of an Etruscan temple at the Poggio Colla site in Tuscany.... Archaeologists strongly suspect that the text is religious, but have yet to fully translate the find.

A 500-pound stone tablet found in the foundation of an Etruscan temple at the Poggio Colla site in Tuscany.... Archaeologists strongly suspect that the text is religious, but have yet to fully translate the find.

Sumerian is the earliest known writing system. Its origins can be traced back to about 8,000 BC.

Sumerian is the earliest known writing system. Its origins can be traced back to about 8,000 BC.

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