The Etruscan language has been difficult to analyze. Long thought an isolate, consensus now holds that it is related to languages in the Alps and the Aegean island of Lemnos. It was superseded by Latin and was written in an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet; this alphabet was the source of the Latin alphabet. It is also believed to be the source of certain important cultural words of Western Europe such as 'military' and 'person,' which do not have obvious Indo-European roots.
The RAS'NA(Etruscan) Alphabet The Etruscan language is universally accepted as an isolated case. It cannot be shown conclusively to be related to any other language, living or dead, except for a couple of sparsely attested extinct languages. Here they used ancient Greek an Phoenicians signs to fit their still mysterious language..
200 BCE. The Tabula Cortonensis, a bronze plaque with 8 pieces and riveted handle. It may be a contract related to the division of realty and chattel. It is a primary resource for the etruscan language with 34 known words and an equal number of previously unattested Etruscan words. The Ǝ (a reversed epsilon) implies that, at least in the Etruscan dialect spoken in Cortona has a different sound than E. 32 horizontal lines of text, about 30 letters long on the front and 8 on the back.
Etruscan Language the inscribed gold plaques found at the site of the ancient sanctuary of Pyrgi, the port city of Caere, provide two texts; one in Etruscan and the other in Phoenician, of significant length (about 40 words) and of similar content. They are the equivalent of a bilingual inscription and thus offer substantial data for the elucidation of Etruscan by way of Phoenician, a known language. The find is also an important historical document, which records the dedication to the…