Pelasgians


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Pelasgians

 

according to ancient tradition, pre-Greek inhabitants of ancient Greece. Evidence of their existence has been found in Thessaly and Epirus and on Crete, the southern Balkan Peninsula, the islands of the Aegean Sea, and the western coast of Asia Minor. Archaeological excavations have confirmed the closeness of the cultures of the pre-Greek inhabitants of all these regions.

REFERENCES

Georgiev, V. “Istoriia Egeiskogo mira vo II tys. do n.e.” Vestnik drevnei istorii, 1950, no. 4.
Tiumenev, A. I. “K voprosu ob etnogeneze grecheskogo naroda.” Vestnik drevnei istorii, 1953, no. 4; 1954, no. 4.
Lochner-Hüttenbach, F. Die Pelasger. Vienna, 1960.
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In addition, he tries to apply what he knows about languages, and how they are related to one another, to formulate a hypothesis about what the original (now dead) "proto-" language of the Pelasgians was like.
The Greek seems to be, in a great measure, a simple, uncompounded language, formed from the primitive jargon of those wandering savages, the ancient Hellenians and Pelasgians, from whom the Greek nation is said to have been descended.
In the Juventus the emphasis on nationality was even stronger, because he began by describing the pastoral and cultivating Pelasgians as the indigenous inhabitants of both the Greek and Italian peninsulas and the Achaians as a greater people coming in from outside, eventually, he suggested, to absorb them.