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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Italics as peoples of Ancient Italy

In improper sense, the term "Italics" is sometimes used, especially in the non-specialized literature, to refer to all pre-Roman peoples of Italy, including therefore (definitely or supposedly) not Indo-European lineages as the Etruscans, Ligurians or Raetians. The ancient Greeks designated this kind of people, at least limitedly to the areas of Magna Graecia where they were in contact with them, with the term "Italiotes" also resumed later with a different meaning.

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