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From: John Conley <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] etymological root of Britannia
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 09:55:29 -0400
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Many anthropoligists would be shocked at the term barbarian. In fact, the
residents of 'britain' and the Celts were considered an advanced
civilisation. It's a skewed version of history taught in schools that has
lead to people romanticising the Greeks and Romans and calling the peoples
of 'britian' barbarians.

At least when it comes to the Romans, the current thinking is quite the
opposite. There are a lot of new theories where the real enlightenment moved
from the west of Europe to the east.

On 6/28/05, Mary Jo Neyer <> wrote:
> Britannia is not derived from a Greek word. The closest word in Greek
> is (excuse the Roman letters) "prutanis", which means "lord" or "ruler".
> The Greeks certainly would not apply this honorary term to barbarians.
> The Greek historians must have recorded what the words used by local
> inhabitants in the far northwestern isles sounded like to the Greek
> seamen who visited the isles.
> Mary Jo
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