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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Coming Of The Greeks, and all that

Oliver Dickinson recently posted an essay with that sardonic title The Coming Of The Greeks, and all that. Greek is an Indo-European language, but it has a sizeable stock of words inexplicable as independent formulations from the Greek base. These are assumed to be loans. This means that Indo-European isn't the native tongue. Hence, the portentious Coming Of The Greeks.

Not so fast. All those loans would also mean that the Coming Of The Greeks was a slow and careful process and not the genocidal conquest that marked - for a start - the Bronze Age scouring of Britain. The Greeks when they Came at least stopped to ask directions.

So now the genetics are in. The island Greek remnants and their southern Italian colonies are, indeed, mixed populations, not purely Indo-European.

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