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Balkans, languages
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A. Palaeo-Balkanic languages

Those languages, which were spoken in antiquity in the Balkan area, are considered to be Palaeo-Balkanic languages, but are only known in fragments from indirect sources (references by Greek and Lat. authors, names on Greek and Lat. inscriptions) (so-called fragmented languages), especially 1. Pre-Greek ( Pre-Greek languages), 2.  Macedonian, 3. Thracian, 4. Dacian, 5. Illyrian.

Thracian was spread throughout the easte…

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Haebler, Claus (Münster) and Kramer, Johannes (Trier), “Balkans, languages”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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