Etruscans-Bronze age seafarers?
Hello. I am by no means a seasoned scholar, but I have an interest in
ancient history and culture, and would like to throw out my thoughts
on the Etruscans. Please forgive my annoying tendency to exclude
specific dates or supporting references. It seems there is some
strong evidence linking Etruscan with NW Caucasian languages,but it
also seems that those whot try to link it to western Mediterranean
languages also have a case.
One possibility is that there was once a super family of languages
that stretched far and wide related to Iberian/Basque, Etruscan, and
possibly Dravidian etc. This is interesting and may ring of truth, but
where does leave the Etruscans?
Assuming Anatolia, or regions somewhat to its east, was the zone
of departure, when did the Etruscans leave? When did their ancestors
live there? It seems to me if there was a direct colonization,
implantation, migration going on somewhere around 1000 BCE, we should
be able to find a closer cousin, culturally and linguistically, to
the Etruscans in classic Anatolia than we have. And more evidence of
a sharp cultural break with the earlier peoples of Italy. Is a
departure to the Aegean much longer ago a possibility? If so, the
Etruscans could even be cousins of the Anatolians who reached Crete.
Crete is thought long ago to have been occupied by Western
Mediterranean peoples, so this might help explain the connection with
W. Med languages. Also, the Etruscans always had a close relationship
with Phoenicia/Carthage, and is well suited for trade with the
western mediterreanean in general. If the tin trade with europe dates
back as early as some think it does, that would certainly explain why
Aegean sea traders would be in bronze-age Italy, and why there would
be extensive contact with W. Med languages. The language these
Aegean peoples spoke would then probably be related both to the
Balkan Pelasgian languages and whatever was spoken in Minoan Crete as
well. If these Etruscans-to-be were already in the Aegean by Minoan
or Mycenaean times, that could mean they left mainland Anatolia even
earlier, and would give plenty of time for Etruscan to diverge
culturally and linguistically.
One last random footnote- The Etruscan god Voltumnus may have once
been known as Vel, according to something I read. If this is true,
then this seems awfully close to the Slavic god Veles. These two gods
were both described as horned gods associated with the forest.
Althought this archetype of deity is common, the similarity in name
seems to suggest some close cultural contact somewhere along the
line. Any input is very welcome. --Mr. Caws