we have the original proto-indo-european language which branched off to 3.2 billion
The New York Times
By Theodore S. Thurston
The Lithuanian language, whatever its antiquity, is of a wonderful
structure, more perfect than either Sanskrit or Greek, more copious
than Latin, and exquisitely refined than any of these three. Yet,
Lithuanian bears to all of them a stronger affinity than could have
been produced by nature, not only in the roots of verbs, but also in
forms of grammatical structure and the morphological construction of
words. So strong is this affinity that any philologist can see very
clearly that Sanskrit, Greek and Latin must have sprung from a common
There is a similar reason for supposing that the Heruli, Rugians,
Goths, Old Prussians, and Latvians, and their language, had the same
origin, for they were ancient Lithuanian people.
Scholars have recognized the Lithuanians as exponents of the primitive
Aryan culture and civilization. Renowned philologists have agreed that
the Lithuanian is not only the oldest language in the world today, but
the language used by Aryans before the invention of evolution of
Sanskrit. The antiquity of Lithuanian language and its grammatical
structure place it in the same period with the oldest Sanskrit – 2000
B.C. or earlier.
Lithuanian is a Proto-Aryan, and to the renowned linguists, it was
known to be unwritten language in Europe for many centuries. However,
recent linguistic investigations have definitely proven that the
Lithuanian language was written even before the Christian era, though
how far before it is difficult to determine with any degree of
accuracy. But from the linguistic evidence and ancient writings in
India and Persia, it is possible to assume that Lithuanian language
must have been written as far back as one thousand years ago before
the birth of Christ.
The richest cultural heritage of the Lithuanian people is their
language, which represents one of highest achievements of all mankind.
It surpasses all other European languages in its antiquity, the purity
of its sounds, and its wonderful grammatical structure. It can be
clearly seen, by a study of the highest developed grammar and the
natural and beautiful sounds of their language, that the Lithuanians
indeed possessed a creative genius in a very early era of our
civilization. The vowel system of the Lithuanian language is the most
ancient in its style. It antedates Sanskrit, Latvian, Greek and Latin
in that order.
According to linguistic palaeontology, it is true that of all
languages, only Lithuanian has preserved the purity of the primitive
Aryan speech from that remote period of antiquity to the modern age.
Many ancient languages have vanished long ago from the knowledge of
mankind; however, the Lithuanian language is like an ancient monument
of white marble – it still stands untarnished after many centuries of
man’s long history.
The morphology of the Lithuanian language clearly reveals to us many
unsolved historical mysteries of ancient civilization, significantly
expands the horizon of linguistic science and broadens mankind’s
knowledge of his dark past. The discovery of the remarkable similarity
of the Lithuanian language to Avesta (Old Persian) and Sanskrit has
clearly opened new frontiers in the field of linguistic science
according to the conclusions of comparative morphology. Moreover, the
morphology of the Lithuanian language definitely proves that the
ruling class, or the kings of the ancient Hittite (Gittitis) nation,