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Eteocretans, literally ‘true Cretans’, is the ancient name given to a group of Cretan people speaking a non-Greek tongue. The six undisputed Eteocretan inscriptions (ca 650 (?) - 3rd or 2nd c. BCE) are written in the Greek alphabet but total 422 letters only. Moreover, we are able to isolate only a few of their ‘words’. This explains that their interpretation is difficult and that their linguistic relationship remains unknown despite several tentative identifications.

‘Eteocretans’, Eteókrētes, is the name given by the ancient…

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Yves Duhoux, “Eteocretan”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000459>
First published online: 2013

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