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Language of the Ligures (Greek Λίγυες; Lígyes) who are regarded by ancient authors as the original population of the northern Mediterranean coast between the Pyrenees and Etruria. The name Liguria, which refers to the furthest south-west of upper Italy, provides a definite link with the name of the people. We know next to nothing about the pre-Roman language of this region, and there are no extant texts; typical of personal names on Latin inscriptions, which are attested only in Liguria, are the suffixes -anius and -elius; the same area is perhaps the core territo…

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Untermann, Jürgen (Pulheim/Köln), “Ligurian”, 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 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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