Some sparse indication of the language of the Elymians ( Elymi) can be gleaned from the legends of coins from Eryx and Segesta (5th cent. BC) as well as the about 300 mainly short graffiti on pottery from Segesta known only since 1960 (8th-6th cents.): it probably was an Indo-European Italic dialect, possibly similar to those of the Siculans. Older attempts to establish a similarity with the ‘Ligurian’ or ‘Illyrian’ languages or a non Indo-European origin, have been shown to be untenable.
Cite this pageUntermann, Jürgen (Pulheim/Köln), “Elymian”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e329690>
First published online: 2006
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