From: Abdullah Konushevci
> We have tried more joking some time ago to find out what could havethe
> meant "Decebalus". It seems there has been indeed just a joke and
> real facts have never been mentioned.Diurpaneus
> First, the name Decebalus was not a name but a compositum. This name
> appeared late, after his victorius war in 84-85 AC.
> We know his real name was a variant of Diupaneus, Dorpaneus,
> at least these variations of his name have been recorded by ancientDacians "Daki" so
> So, the name "Decebalos" was given by Dacians to him after his
> victorious war against Domitian.
> I want to point out that Dio Cassius said he call the
> as they call themselves.know
> It seems the name "daki" is a plural form as many other folks.
> Now, I guess here is the interesting aspect. We know some languages
> the change of "a" to "e" in genitival forms. For instanceRom. "fatã"=
> "girl" but "of the girl" is "fetei" with the change of "a" to "e".been "XXXX
> Now, we have 2 important aspects.
> -the name of the king which was a nickname given after the war
> -the name of the Dacians
> It appears that there the translation of his name should have
> of the dacians"; the construction should be the typically IEexplained.
> Where is the help I am speaking about here?
> The first part "deke-" should be seen genitival form of "daki" (
> Genitive plural?). The second part is the one who should be
> Assuming there have not been too many changes from IE to the times
> Decebalus, then we have to explain the last part which can be maybeand /a/
> *balus, *ebalus, *abalus. I consider just these forms with /e/
> before "balus" because I guess such kind of vowels will mergetogether
> in a compositum as the one I am speaking about:in "dekebalos".
> deke+balos or deke+abalos or deke+ebalos will merge easy
> other forms as *ubalos, *ibalos, *obalos seems to be a bit hard tomerge
> with "e" together.************
> Any idea about any similar names with "*Vbalos" where one know the
> meaning of this "balos"?