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Languages in ancient Italy before the spread of Latin

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Author(s): Meiser, G.
Due to numerous, partly overlapping migrations from the second millennium onward, the linguistic map of pre-Roman Italy is characterized by great diversity. Both archaeological evidence and historical sources regarding these migrations are available in exceptional cases only, such as the infiltration of the Padana by the Celts, which roughly happened from the 6th to the 4th cents. (Liv. 5,34) or the southward expansion of the Samnites (Strab. 5,242). On the other hand, almost a score of language…