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Old 01-17-2009, 09:39 PM   #5
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Another ancient name for the river Danube is Ister (Istros), and is of Scythian or Thracian origin, or both. The word is very close to Macedonian Isturi and Turi which mean to 'spill' and 'pour' respectively, thus providing a link with reference to an action in relation to liquid (such as water). There is also Isterai and Terai which mean to 'push/move along/out' and 'move/force' respectively, indicating a relation to the movement of flowing waters in a river.

Radislav Katicic in his 'Ancient Languages of the Balkans' suggests that the Thracian word Istros means 'strong' or 'swift', related to a Sanskrit equivalent. Can there be a possible connection to the Slavic languages established with the word Ostro which means 'sharp'? If so, it would call into question the relation of this word to the Thracian Asa.
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