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.