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I. Antiquity

The interest of the Greeks in etymology was linked from the 5th cent. through to the Alexandrian period to philosophical speculation on the origins of language (which reached its peak in Plato's Cratylus) as well as research, especially by the Sophists, on the origin of individual poetic and especially Homeric ‘glosses’ for the purpose of determining their true (ἔτυμος; étymos) meaning. The earliest treatise is the writing …

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Tosi, Renzo (Bologna), “Etymologica”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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