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Re: Slovanik, my new romlang

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 31, 2002, 18:58
Quoting Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>:

> On Tuesday 30 July 2002 06:10, Thomas R. Wier wrote: > > Quoting Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>: > > > Historical plausibility? > > > We all know, that the Slavs have never even been near the borders > > > of the Roman Empire; > > > > Not so: the Crimea was an Imperial vassal state for centuries, > > all the way well into the Byzantine period. It is almost certain > > that slavic tribes also inhabited parts of the Empire itself, > > although not in great numbers until well after Constantine the > > Great.
> Anywho, the Crimea is somewhat out of the question as an > urheimat for your Slavs.
I should probably point out that I never made any such assertion.
> Anyways, all that to say that the Slavs weren't really in > Crimea en masse until 1783, when the Russians occupied the Crimean > Tartar state. Sorry.
Perhaps I wasn't clear: the question was whether there were Slavs *near* the borders of the Roman Empire, and indeed, I would protest that there were Slavs near (or even a few in) the Crimea. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est quam ne pecorum ritu University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- Seneca Chicago, IL 60637