Do we know how the ancients salute eachother during the EB time frame?
The only one I know is the latin "Ave" and I'm not even sure if that can be considered colloquial...
In Latin, the general greeting in person and in letters was salve or salvete for plural. The Greeks as a greeting would say chaire or chairete for plural.
These were verbs used in the imperative and used in an idiomatic sense. For example, salve is from the verb salvere: to be well or in good health. In a way, you were ordering the addressee to be well in your greeting. You can probably then see etymological derivatives of this word.
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It's Semitic, actually. The Jewish word for peace is "shalom". Presumably the Persians adopted it after the Arabic conquest.
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more common greetings back then were to basically "order" the guy to have evil spirits cast off of them, or to be protected by a given deity, or some other invocation.
unfortunately fo you, I don't remember the exact terms in Arabic itself. it may be that "ahlan wa sahlan" is pre-islamic in origin (it translates to "a family and path"; it's a contration of "7ulilta ahlan wa wati'ta sahlan", which translates to "you have come by a family (i.e, will be treated like one) and stepped into an easy path"
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