Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Greek etc

The Tartessian merchant speaks:

whatever language is spoken by the natives of Britain in 1250 B.C.;

Iraiina, the language of the Aryan conquerors;

several Aryan dialects;


his own native Tartessian;


a Semitic language ancstral to Hebrew and probably also to Phoenician;

bits of others.

"Part of the cost of doing business for a Taretessian merchant, evidently."
-SM Stirling, Island In The Sea Of Time (New York, 1998), p. 154.

Indeed. He is a very useful business contact, slave trader and part-time pirate or no slave trader and part-time pirate.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And I'm pretty sure this Tartessian merchant, from the descriptions you've given, is also going to be a major continuing character in the Nantucket books. As a very complex and interesting character.