|Extinct||1st century BC|
unclassified, possibly Anatolian
Little is known about the Mysian language. Strabo noted that their language was, in a way, a mixture of the Lydian and Phrygian languages. As such, the Mysian language could be a language of the Anatolian group. However, a passage in Athenaeus suggests that the Mysian language was akin to the barely attested Paeonian language of Paeonia, north of Macedon.
A short inscription that could be in Mysian and which dates from between the 5th and 3rd centuries BC was found in Üyücek village in the Tavşanlı district of Kütahya province, and seems to include Indo-European words. However, it is uncertain whether the inscription renders a text in the Mysian language or if it is simply a Phrygian dialect from the region of Mysia.
- ΛΙΚΕC : ΒΡΑΤΕΡΑΙC : ΠΑΤΡΙΖΙ : ΙCΚ
- likes : braterais patrizi isk
The words "braterais patrizi isk" have been proposed to mean something like "for brothers and fathers", while Likes is most probably a personal name.
- Epigraphical database: "Native 'Mysian' inscription". Packard Humanities Institute.
- The Journal of Indo-European Studies Vol 21, p. 21: "30% of the total number of words can easily be linked up with better known Greek equivalents and thus receive meaningful interpretation."
- See J. Friedrich, Kleinasiatische Sprachdenkmäler, 140–141.