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A Thracian Curse

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Cursive Cuneiform

Iiše tuuneetaššuiilefa Šiiuenašušuan parunašušuan Ḫunašušuan oommueetaššuan. Iišee tuuneetaššuuaniilefa Oomiinnašuušše faḫunašuun Ameetauan. If you heed me, waters and grains and houses you will enjoy. If you do not heed me, Your lands to ashes I will burn. — The Pataḫai Ḫuḫa … Continue reading

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Thracian Translations

Here are three of the four Thracian inscriptions. I translated two of them differently from the official translations, and of course there’s a lot I’m assuming. Question marks show stuff I’m really not sure about. What do you think? SEG … Continue reading

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Thracian sound shifts

The fun part of writing my cave-Thracian story is of course getting the chance to reconstruct the Thracian language. I poured through word lists, looked up cognates, shook, stirred, and here’s what crystallized. Proto-Indo European > Thracian (examples) Notes *bʰ > b (*bʰébʰrus > berbrus “beaver”, *bʰuǵ … Continue reading

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Wealthgiver

So, I’m starting a new book… The Thracians were an ancient people who lived in various places on the Balkans north of Greece, and spoke a language that was (maybe) distantly related to Greek and Albanian. They were Christianized in … Continue reading

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The Neo-Thracian language

Let’s think about the Neo-Thracian language. The Point of Divergence is a vision received by a early 4th-century Bessi oracle, telling the Thracians to switch from worship of Dionysus to Pluto and unite against the Christians. The oracle’s charismatic interpreter … Continue reading

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The Maiden and the Wealthgiver 1

Kori Utzemeli was 16 when she realized that the myth of Persephone was about her. “Now, the daughter of Demeter was Persephone, also called “Kore,” the Maiden. And she was carried off by grim Hades to his kingdom the underworld…” … Continue reading

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The Lands by the Waters – An Ucaptian Myth (4)

(start, previous) For the hunt, with his hair he (Ptahh) strung the bow of cedar. For the memory, with papyrus as the writing tablet he painted (words on) it. For the steering, with his hand as an oar he paddled the … Continue reading

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Tipi from outside of Tuta

I finished The Centuries Unlimited this week, so you’re getting some conlanging! This project’s goal was simple: derive the tenses (and voices and aspects) of verbs from prepositions. For example, the epic poem   Tipi-kan-tan-Tuta (Tipi from outside of Tuta) has … Continue reading

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The Lands by the Waters – An Ucaptian Myth (3)

(start, previous) And thus Obedient Ptahh built of cedar wood a boat and caused it to be loaded with things. (He) caused it to be loaded with the grain(1) and the date. (He) caused it to be loaded with the sheep … Continue reading

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