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Subject: Re: galatians
From: Daniel Buechner <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 22 Aug 1999 22:35:29 +0200

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David Stifter schrieb:
> Some additional information on Freeman's paper on the Galatians.
> Freeman's handout has about 130 entries (rough guess), but
> nearly all of them are made up of personal names or place names.
> Under the heading "[Galatian] Vocabulary" he gives 2 words:
> .) hy^s, glossed with Greek kokkos, some kind of oak?
> .) taskodrougitai, taskos glossed with Greek passalos "peg",
> droungos glossed with Greek mykter or rhy'nchos "snout, nose";
> following latest research taskos should rather mean "badger".
> That's all Freeman gives as Galatian vocabulary. But really two
> items ought to be added:
> .) trimarkisia, meaning "riding by three"
> .) drynemeton, meaning "oak sanctuary" (Freeman gives this word
> later as a placename)
> David

This impressive kowledge-base is archaeologically backed up by the
massive number of 20-something LaTene-style fibulas - most of which
were found in all parts of Turkey apart exept (2 specimen) Galatia  8-)

Seriously - within the problem of Celts/Celticity the Galatians are
exceptionally difficult to understand, since historical and archaeological
data do not fit together (yet) - most of which might be interpreted
as lack of research (the development of the earliest neolithic or the
Hittites are far more interesting in the moment), but anyway...
        Even more difficult to say is whether there been connections
between ancient Keltike and Galatia, since we don't know less about
Galatia than the other parts of the Keltike, etc...
        It seems, however, quite certain that possible linguistic
hiberno-semitic connections did not derive from the Palestinia,
but might (if they ever existed) go back to a different branch of
semitic languages.

Greetings Daniel

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