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date: 02 December 2020

Raetic languagefree

  • John Penney

The name is a conventional label applied to the language of some 220 very short inscriptions from the Alpine region to the north of Verona. These date from the 5th to 1st cents. bce and are written in an alphabet of Etruscan origin on bronze objects, antlers, or ceramics. The texts are not completely understood but from certain similarities in vocabulary and especially in the formation and declension of personal names it has been shown that the language is related to Etruscan.


  • S. Schumacher, Die rätischen Inschriften. Geschichte und heutiger Stand der Forschung, 2nd edn. (2004).
  • H. Rix, Rätisch und Etruskisch (1998).