Isaurian language

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Native toAsia Minor
Erauntil the 5th century or 6th century AD
unclassified; personal names appear to be related to Luwian
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Isaurian is an extinct language spoken in the area of Isauria, Asia Minor. Epigraphic evidence, including funerary inscriptions, has been found into the 6th century AD.[1][2] The personal names of its speakers appear to be derived from Luwian and thus Indo-European.[3] Isaurian names containing clear Anatolian roots include Οαδας Oadas, Τροκονδας Trokondas (cf. Luwian Tarḫunt, Lycian 𐊗𐊕𐊌𐊌𐊑𐊗 Trqqñt), Κουδεις Koudeis (cf. Lycian Kuwata), and Μοασις Moasis (cf. Hittite muwa "power").[4]

The Isaurian personal name Τουατρις Touatris may reflect the Indo-European word for 'daughter' (compare Hieroglyphic Luwian FILIAtú-wa/i-tara/i-na).[5]


  1. ^ Honey, Linda (5 December 2016). "Justifiably Outraged or Simply Outrageous? The Isaurian Incident of Ammianus Marcellinus". Violence in Late Antiquity: Perceptions and Practices. p. 50. ISBN 9781351875745.
  2. ^ Holl, Karl. “Das Fortleben Der Volkssprachen in Kleinasien in Nachchristlicher Zeit.” Hermes, vol. 43, no. 2, 1908, pp. 242. JSTOR, Accessed 16 Jun. 2022.
  3. ^ Frank R. Trombley and John W. Watt, The Chronicle of Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite (Liverpool University Press, 2000), p. 12; Linda Honey, "Justifiably Outraged or Simply Outrageous? The Isaurian Incident of Ammianus Marcellinus 14.2," in Violence in Late Antiquity: Perceptions and Practices (Ashgate, 2006), 50.
  4. ^ Waelkens, Marc; Loots, Lieven (2000). Sagalassos Five. Leuven University Press. ISBN 9789058670793.
  5. ^ Blažek, Václav. “Indo-European kinship terms in *-ə̯2TER”. (2001). In: Grammaticvs: studia linguistica Adolfo Erharto quinque et septuagenario oblata. Šefčík, Ondřej (editor); Vykypěl, Bohumil (editor). Vyd. 1. V Brně: Masarykova univerzita, 2001. p. 25.