Rhaetians

Rhaetians

 

(also Raetians), ancient Alpine tribes conquered by the Romans in 15 B.C. The origin of the Rhaetians has not been positively established. Classical tradition associates them with the Etruscans; most modern linguists who have attempted to decipher Rhaetian inscriptions conclude that the inscriptions are written in a variant of the Etruscan alphabet. However, many scholars regard the Rhaetians as Illyrian tribes. The Rhaetians are considered to be the ancestors of the Rhaeto-Romance-speaking peoples.

REFERENCE

Krasnovskaia, N. A. “K voprosu ob etnogeneze retoromantsev.” Sovetskaia etnografiia, 1964, no. 1, pp. 89–101.
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History suggests that the Rhaetians (an ancient Alpine tribe conquered by the Romans in 15 BC) used wooden barrels for their wine in this region.
my friend Herr Harigastl, the renowned cuckoo-clock-maker of Bollingen in Switzerland, presented me with a very ancient specimen of that noble art of the antique Rhaetians. I confess my mind was not primarily on cuckoo-clocks that catastrophic summer and I finally intended to hurl it down the mountainside, but something oddly impalpable bade me open the thing up first and see what was inside, apart from the cuckoo.
- in our group matches we tackled the Germans in Hungary, the Rhaetians in Switzerland, and the Germans in Poland - an ominous sounding description of a team if ever there was one.
By 1525 three Alpine leagues--the Grey League, the Chade, and the Ten Jurisdictions--had gradually joined to form what was known to contemporaries as the Rhaetian Freestate.
The Rhaetian tribe seems always to have been confined to the southeastern corner of what grew into the present Swiss political confederation.