Messapian


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Mes·sa·pi·an

 (mə-sā′pē-ən)
adj.
Messapic.
n.
1. A speaker of Messapic.
2. See Messapic.

Messapian

(məˈseɪpɪən) or

Messapic

n
(Languages) a scantily recorded language of an ancient people of Calabria (the Messapii), thought by some to be related to ancient Illyrian
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This year a major theft of Messapian archaeological remains in the village of Oria, between Taranto and Brindisi, was not even publically announced by the local administration until months after it occurred.
Messapian was a now extinct Indo-European language spoken in Southern Italy, thought to be close to Illyrian Greek.
BCH 36, 84 6 (including the Herakleote Titos Satyrionos, his son Titos Titou, and his grandchildren Theodora, Satyros and Posidippos; or the Tarentines Demetrios Dazou and Parmenion Dazymou, whose patronymics indicate Messapian connections) and IG 12.