Possible influence of Punic on Early Germanic

Carthaginian sphere of influence. Adapted from Kelly Macquire/Ancient History Encyclopedia, CC BY-NC-SA

Shillings, gods and runes: clues in language suggest a Semitic superpower in ancient northern Europe – Robert Mailhammer, The Conversation
July 5, 2020

We know from ancient writings that Greek, Phoenician and Punic explorers reached as far as the British Isles, which they called the Tin Islands. If only the works of Pytheas and Himilco survived! This article theorizes that certain Germanic words hint at the presence of Carthaginian merchants further afield. I don’t know if I buy the suggested etymologies, but it is fascinating food for thought!

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