Synonymica: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period
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Greek investigations on synonyms are twofold: the one is mainly linked to dialectal glossography and to onomastica, aiming at collecting different words for the same things among different people; the other was developed during the Roman empire in works mostly devoted to determining the differences among synonyms. The philosophical background of the latter type is to be traced back to research on language first by the sophists and later by Plato and Aristotle.

Greek investigations on synonyms (sunṓnuma, scil.onómata, ‘nam…

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Stefano Valente, “Synonymica: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 15 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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