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We cannot speak of the Indo-Europeans in the same way as one speaks of the Greeks or the Romans, since we possess nothing written by them; for this reason, no site, monument or object can be attributed to them without previous discussion. To begin with, the existence of the ndo-Europeans is not a datum but a second-degree hypothesis. The first hypothesis is that of an Indo-European language. This is the only hypothesis to take into account the multitude of complex and precise correspondences which have been observed in the grammar and vocabulary of most European and a number of Asian languages. The plan of the present study was dictated by no less than its subject. It proceeds from the most immediate data, those of the language and the formulary, to conjectures oncerning location in space and time. The reminder rests on linguistic palaeontology and ìnew comparative mythologyî. It is hoped that these different approaches, ometimes viewed as mutually contradictory, will be seen to meet up with and complement each other.Printed Pages: 165.