An Aside on Aryans: The History of English Podcast

On the recommendation of a friend from my old job, I have been listening to a series of podcasts called The History of English. It is amazing. Here is but a small taste of the things I didn’t know before:

  • We used to call the European ancestors Aryans, but because of Nazi propaganda historians adopted the eunuchized term Indo-European. Aryan kicks the crap out of Indo-european, and is only bested by Robert E. Howard’s nomenclature: Sons of Arius. Unfortunately, the podcast prefers the modern term.
  • The titles czar and kaiser are both descended directly from caesar; which would have been pronounced ki-zar
  • I knew the English Alphabet came from the Greek through the Romans, and I knew that the Greeks got it from the Phoenicians, but the Phoenicians were the Canaanites, and the Hebrews also took their alphabet from the Canaanites/Phoenicians to write the OT??? Basically, there is only one alphabet in the entire world, and it came from the Canaanites. Mind. Blown. Do you know who else was a Phoenician/Canaanite? Hannibal.
  • Necessary civilizations–at a minimum–for the Bible to exist: Chaldeans, Hebrews, Egyptians, Canaanites, Greeks, and Romans. Three Semitic tribes and three Aryan tribes.
  • No one knows from where the Etruscans came, and the Philistines are a mystery, too. They weren’t Aryan or Semitic. The author says some historians speculate the Philistines are the remnants of a group called The Sea People who invaded and plagued the Mediterranean world; causing the collapse of the Egyptian empire among other things. The author doesn’t say this, but I like to wonder if they are the remnant of Atlantis.
  • The author doesn’t get into racial traits, but considering the breadth of people who came from the Aryans, I have to think my perception of the people of the ancient world is very wrong. There would probably have been a lot of blond- and red-haired Greek, Italians, Persians, Philistines, Canaanites, Hittites… all Aryan tribes. Their cousins were those who would become Celts, Germans, Scandinavians, etc.

I’m only 20 episodes in, but it’s fascinating. Check it out.

9 thoughts on “An Aside on Aryans: The History of English Podcast

  1. Follow the consonants.


    The word “gentiles” means “nations”, no more and no less, but refers to the nations of Israel, i.e., Joseph, i.e., Ephraim, scattered and hidden from the face of God, having lost the name Israel in the divorce, and becoming known as the Celts, Goths, Angles, Saxons, Vandals, British, Scythians, and in general, barbarians (i.e., “people of a strange tongue”).

    Their civilizations being grounded at some level in the old covenant (however twisted it may have become), they were the ones to receive the gospel when it came to them and become the nations of Christendom, as the prophets foretold. The Druidic religion was clearly Israelite with attendant corrupting idolatries, as was the wont of the Israelite. Also Greek religion as hinted at in the Iliad and Odyssey was clearly Israelite in origin.

    Joseph/Ephraim, in the peoples of their most numerous and influential exponents the Anglo-Saxons, inhabit or rule the literal “ends of the earth” as foretold (by Zechariah inter alii): USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand. The southernmost city in the world, is Port Williams, Chile, named for an Englishman. The highest mountain is named for an Englishman. Jacob’s blessing over Ephraim and Manasseh bestowed on them the wealth that would be theirs “to the utmost bound of the highest hills”.

    We have this impression that all Israelites lived in Palestine until 721 BC, but even in the time of the Judges, the tribe of Dan, probably along with others, had taken to the sea to become the Greeks (Danaans, after their “legendary” ancestor Danaus). They gave their name also to the Danube, Dnieper, and Don rivers, and to Denmark.

    Solomon had overseas commerce, evidently extending to the New World for copper and other minerals. The ancient sea migrations and colonizers and mercantilists were related, Phoenician-Hebrew peoples. They typically left mysterious stone monuments wherever they went, as was their custom: “What mean these stones?”

  2. Interesting reading of events.

    I have not done research myself, but the history you present and the history The History of English presents cannot be reconciled.

  3. I believe aryan refers to the Indo-Iranian subgroup of IE which is why it we don’t use it to describe Europeans.

    I knew the Phoenecians/Carthagians were Semites but I didn’t know they were Canannites.

    The Etruscans were believed to be from the Caucusus mountain area and I think modern genetic analysis supports this. I have a small amount of Etruscan ancestry (a great-grandfather) and my sister’s DNA test came back showing a small amount of ancestry from the Caucusus mountains.

    There is historic evidence that there were many fair haired-eyed-skinned people in southern Europe and the near east in ancient times. There’s evidence that the Tocharian speaking peoples of the Tarim river basin had fair features too.

  4. @Bruce

    I believe aryan refers to the Indo-Iranian subgroup of IE which is why it we don’t use it to describe Europeans.

    What I have heard and read is that used to be the case. Now it seems scholars believe that the Indo-Iranians are downstream from the “just Aryans” and took the name. So Indo-Iranian Aryans and Indo-European Aryans.

    The Etruscans were believed to be from the Caucusus mountain area

    That’s what HoEP says too, but it is fascinating to me that there seems to be no larger “family” as there are with the Aryans and Semites; as if the group just moved down to the coast and stayed together.

    Another interesting fact: The Eagle standard was a symbol of the Etruscan kings long before Rome, and so was the Fasces. The latter had previously been eschewed by the Romans until Julius Caesar re-introduced them. I had been taught it was wholly Roman.

  5. @Bruce

    I went back and listened to episode 2 of the HoEP, and the author says that Sir William Jones coined the phrase “Aryan” to refer to what is now called the “Proto-Indo-European language; the ancestor to Indo-European and Indo-Iranian languages. I used Indo-European when I should have said Proto-Indo-European. Hope that clears things up.

  6. Very cool, and i’m pretty interested in these sort of things

    They have found bodies in China with red hair and all sorts of stuff like that

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