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Erroneous chronology pleases the opponents of Venetic Theory

I have just finished working o an extensive article dealing with the controversy of an ancient Greek period called "The Dark Ages", which is in many ways intimately related to the "Theory of Venets". However, this relationship is completely overshadowed by the so called "chronology controversy" of the Dark Ages by which this period apparently newer have even existed. The controversy is the source of a few theories all of which claim there exist at the minimum five phantom centuries in Egyptian chronology. Should these theories prove to be true, not only history, but nearly all social sciences, linguistics and perhaps even religious studies will sink into an unimaginable chaos, from which it will take a lot of work and time to recover.

Nevertheless, for us the above is only a conduit or a vehicle to the relationship that Venets mentioned earlier have with this controversy. Typically, anyone familiar with "The Theory of Venets", will soon discover that all articles discussing the problem of Greek Dark Ages ultimately talk about some of the controversies surrounding the time tables that relate to the events associated with the Venets. For instance the interpretations of the Anatolian origin of Veneti as it relates to the Paphlagonian and Phrygian civilizations in their Anatolian lands, where numerous Venetic inscriptions have been found as well as successfully deciphered. Also the relationships between Hittites and the various native populations, in particular their Venetic components, suddenly become much more clear and obvious, if we allow for the Mycenaean period, Trojan war, Phrygia, as well as the arrival of Scythians all to coexist, or at least be closer to each other in time roughly within the same time frame.

Unfortunately at the present time the article is not translated into English, but for those of you, who wish to skim through it anyway, here is the link:
http://sloveneti.tripod.com/veg/s/Gr/grDilema_s.html#gr_dark_ages

Igor H. Pirnovar



Help us to ascertain for some of Germanic linguistic characteristics if they could have affinities in (east?) Asian languages (or language groups), and which language this could be. Some examples to be determined:

- word for the number 100: hundert, hundred;
- suffixes: -ang, -eng,-ing, -ong, -ung;
- remains of aglutinative way of forming words;
- hard pronouncing (kentum model).

Anton Perdih



A challenge for ethnologists and investigators!
Is it possible that the collective memory of Slavic nations completely forgot their origin from Carpathian hinterland? Not in a single narrative we can find something similar. In Russian legends there are traces of the Danubian region as being their former homeland. This is even pointing to an opposite wave of settling. In Slovenia, excavacations of an ancient pipe have been made, on the basis of a legend about wild ugly women (hags). There are also legends about dragons who stayed in caves, etc.
We encourage people, who would make effort in collecting legends, which reveal any kind of information about indigenous settlers of especially Middle Europe.



The city of Périgueux in France, where the hilly part of Aquitaine starts is known from several maps, referring to Roman period, as Petrogorica, Petrogori, Petrocorii, etc. You can check this on the following maps: Grotesche allgemeine Weltgeschichte, Anville: Germany, France, Italy Spain, British Isles, Rimski imperij - province, Gallia, Britannia, Germania, Galia, Julij Cezar in G. Mercator.
It would be interesting to know the etymological derivation of this name, its first mentioning, and other interesting historical facts connected with this city.
More about this thematics can be found in the articles from mr. Ambrožič and mr. Grohar.

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/guy.penaud/


Help us to find any examples of a linguistic phenomenon named betatism (transition of the letter V into the letter B or in a inverted way). The most known examples are: Venezia - Benetke, Veneto - Benečija, Weistritz - Bistrica, etc. It should be considered that the Greek letter beta (β) is always pronounced as veta (V), and that the letter B in the Cyrillic alphabet is pronounced as a V. It is positioned in the immediate near of the letter Б, which is pronounced as a B, indicating their articulation similarity.


Challenge:
We are collecting geographic names throughout Europe, which could in any way be connected with the Veneti. For the starting point we have prefixes such as Ven, Van, Vin, Wen, Wan and Win. Please help us with further research with hints and informations.


Challenge:
The goal is to find the oldest mention of the Latin word for slaves (as well as for Slavs) in a form like sclavus, slavus or any of the variations as well as the context where the word is to be found. Already known are mentionings of Slavs as Sklabenoi, Sclaborum, Sclavi, etc. from the 6. century C. E., so the texts we are looking for should be older than that.
The interest of this study is mainly to ascertain when this word became a sinonym for Slavs, and to find out where, when and why did Romans start to replace the form servus with the words already mentioned on the begining.

http://sophistikatedkids.com/turkic/23Avars/SlavsAndSlaves.htm