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Gnome
(3,863 words)

[1] Literary history

I. Greek

[German version]

A. Meaning of the word

As a nomen actionis the noun γνώμη (not found in Homer or Hesiod), with its originally extraordinary comprehensive range of meaning must be considered together with the verb γιγνώσκω (gignṓskō) [11; 37. 491; 27. 32 (also with regard to etymology)]. The verb with its meanings ‘to recognize’, ‘to form an opinion’, ‘to decide’ and ‘to judge’ falls between two poles: ‘the ability to recognize a state of affairs’ and ‘the co…

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Gärtner, Hans Armin (Heidelberg) and Thür, Gerhard (Graz), “Gnome”, 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 17 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e425560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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