On fertility, old Kurds, and sheep

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal mcv at WXS.NL
Thu Nov 12 14:49:38 UTC 1998

"Dominique.Thillaud" <thillaud at UNICE.FR> wrote:

>        Hence, the old idea Turan~turannos is commonly rejected by
>hellenists (cf. Chantraine, DELG, sv). I recall that Aphrodite is the
>Goddess of love and sex(*), and She never gives other gifts nor births.
>Obviously, you can suppose that Turan is different, but that's never showed
>on etruscan mirrors and remains just a supposition. Even if Etruscan tur-
>is "to give" (could you give me the ref, please), Artur's remark remains

"tur(u)ce" is one of the most common words on Etr. inscriptions.
Some examples from Beekes/v.d.Meer "De Etrusken spreken", 1991:

[on bronze statue:]
TLE 740: tite:alpnas:turce:aiseras:thuflthicla:trutvecie
"Tite Alpnas gave (this) to Aisera Thuflthica (because of an omen?)"

[on Attic dish:]
TLE 156: itun turuce venel atelinas tinas cliniiaras
"This gave Venel Atelinas to the children of Tin (=Dioskouroi)"

[on spade (persillum):]
TLE 622: eca kavtha$:achuia$:persie // avle numna$ turke
This spade for Kavtha Achuia, Avle Numnas gave (it).

And of course on the Etruscan-Phoenician bilingual from Pyrgi (TLE
874), where <Thefariei Velianas [sal cluvenias] turuce> probably
corresponds to Phoen. <W'$ YTN TBRY' WLN$>, "(and he, ) Tiberius
Velianas gave ..."

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal
mcv at wxs.nl

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