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The Etruscan language has been difficult to analyze. Long thought an isolate, consensus now holds that it is related to languages in the Alps and the Aegean island of Lemnos. It was superseded by Latin and was written in an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet; this alphabet was the source of the Latin alphabet. It is also believed to be the source of certain important cultural words of Western Europe such as 'military' and 'person,' which do not have obvious Indo-European roots.

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Etruscan Gold Book: This is believed to be the oldest complete multiple page book found in the world. It is made of six plates of gold, each 5 x 4.5 cm, and bound with two rings. It dates to 600 BC.

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200 BCE. The Tabula Cortonensis, a bronze plaque with 8 pieces and riveted handle. It may be a contract related to the division of realty and chattel. It is a primary resource for the etruscan language with 34 known words and an equal number of previously unattested Etruscan words. The Ǝ (a reversed epsilon) implies that, at least in the Etruscan dialect spoken in Cortona has a different sound than E. 32 horizontal lines of text, about 30 letters long on the front and 8 on the back.

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The RAS'NA(Etruscan) Alphabet The Etruscan language is universally accepted as an isolated case. It cannot be shown conclusively to be related to any other language, living or dead, except for a couple of sparsely attested extinct languages. Here they used ancient Greek an Phoenicians signs to fit their still mysterious language..

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Rare, Unique, and Unusual Books

The world's oldest multiple-page book - the book dates back to 600BC. In the lost Etruscan language - on display in Bulgaria's National History Museum in Sofia.

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