Re: [tied] Scythians, Cimmerians etc.

From: cas111jd@...
Message: 8082
Date: 2001-07-24

Is this a universally-accepted etymology? It seems a bit Germanicist
in thinking. I guess I'm somewhat of a Celticist. I think the north
European plain was more Celtic in prehistoric times that is generally
recognized. I think that some of the area was Germanicized beginning
around, I dunno, at least by the early centuries BC.

I think that the Lugians were originally Celtic, naming themselves
after their god Lugos (Irish Lugh), as many or most Gauilish tribes
did for some god or goddess. The Lugii are also found in Scotland
just as the Brigantes/Brigantii were found in both England and
Germany. Then there were the Boii and Volcae-Tectosages. I also
suspect that the Lemovii of Germany were related to the Lemovices of
southern Gaul.

In any event, it seems strange that a nation would call
themselves 'The Troops' unless this was an epithet to their war-god.
Again, this seems more in Celtic fashion, as German tribal names seem
much less connected to those of their gods and goddesses.

--- In cybalist@..., "Piotr Gasiorowski" <gpiotr@...> wrote:
> The Harii, actually, one of the tribes making up the Lugian
confederation. Germanic *xarja- 'troop, army' (OE here) accounts for
this name.
> Piotr
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: cas111jd@...
> To: cybalist@...
> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2001 8:46 PM
> Subject: [tied] Re: Urartu.
> There was also the Arii tribe the
> Romans referenced in modern-day Poland. Could they have once been
> Iranians?