- Language: Messapic
- Alternate names: Messapian
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- Language family: Indo-European
- Number of speakers: Extinct
Messapic is an extinct Indo-European language of South-eastern Italy, once spoken in the regions of Apulia and Calabria. It was spoken by the three Iapygian tribes of the region: the Messapians, the Daunii and the Peucetii.
The language, a centum language, has been preserved in about 260 inscriptions dating from the 6th to the 1st century BC. The Messapic language became extinct after the Roman Empire conquered the region and assimilated the inhabitants.
dašta morƟana ap rodita hipades
Translation: "Dasta Morthana gave (this) to Aphrodite."
- hipa-de-s (apparently a verb form made up of a prefix hipa- and 3rd sg. aorist of the verb 'give', with the final -s marker of the aorist.)
- Baldi, Philip. The foundations of Latin. New York, 2002.