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 th…

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Alessandro Garcea, “Etymology (etumología), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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