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IMPORTANT NOTE


The word ARYAN used in the title of the first book has nothing to do with racial and racist concepts. This term was hijacked and mutilated by European ideas developed in the last several centuries. It had its peak in the Nazi ideology of the "pure" Aryan race. After World War II, the term was abandoned because it was charged with too many traumatic connotations. It is time to liberate this word from racist concepts.
In my books, term Aryan is used in the same meaning it has in works of Iranian and Indian authors. It marks a cultural group that spoke variants of the language that is best preserved in Sanskrit.

DESCRIPTION


The first civilization of the Italian peninsula was the Etruscan civilization. It flourished from seventh to fourth century BC. The Etruscan influence started to weaken in the late fourth century BC due to a set of complex circumstances and their dispute with Rome. By the time of Julius Caesar, the Etruscan identity and language were almost completely erased. Who were the Etruscans? Why their language is seen as a language isolate, a non-Indo-European island in an Indo-European sea? There were many attempts to compare the Etruscan words with words from other languages but that path was abandoned by the end of the nineteenth century. The great Massimo Pallottino, the father of etruscology, openly doubted the etymological method while Giuliano and Larissa Bonfante, the authors of the most comprehensive book about the Etruscan language, saw no possible benefit in its use. The author of this book took the opposite path. He compared the Etruscan words with roots and words from another language and he used the discarded etymological method.

The results are very surprising.

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