More on the Oenotrian inscription from Tortora

Photo by Buzz Andersen

Immediately after receiving my major degree, I resumed my research on the Oenotrian inscription from Tortora, expanding and sometimes revising my previous analysis of the same text. Even though I am still working on its interpretation, on the basis of a specific word segmentation and precise Italic parallels, I find it very likely that the text is poetic and that the language in which it is written is more closely related to the Sabellian languages of Central Italy, such as Umbrian, than to Oscan, which was later spoken in Southern Italy. I will address this subject in more detail in future posts.