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Pre-Greek languages
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I. General remarks

The pre-Greek languages (PGL, cf. Greece, Languages) that were spoken on Greek soil prior to the settlement of the Greeks did not leave behind any comprehensible text: The language of Linear A, as well as Lemnian, Eteo-Cretan and Eteo-Cyprian remain undeciphered. It has not proved possible to link the autochthonous ethnic names that were documented in the ancien…

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García-Ramón, José Luis (Cologne), “Pre-Greek 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 21 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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