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Etymology (etumología), Ancient Theories of
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Ancient etymology is “the unfolding of words, by which their true meaning may be made clear” (Schol. Dion. Thrax 14.23-24). It aims less at finding the meaning of a word than corroborating it. Literary tradition from Homer onwards analyzes words, especially proper names, as a form of encrypted knowledge about the world…

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Alessandro Garcea, “Etymology (etumología), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000125>
First published online: 2013

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