By Evanthia Tsitsibakou-Vasalos

ISBN-10: 351508939X

ISBN-13: 9783515089395

The opportunity of historic Greek poetic etymologizing and its reception in antiquity are analyzed with new interpretive versions. the writer experiences poetic etymology in a holistic and integrative demeanour, as a device of thematic and narrative unification. pick out passages from Homer and archaic lyric poetry give you the matrix for etymological styles; their validity is tested in an intertextual learn of the names of Pelops and his kinfolk. This relations indicates a constant naming process: the signifiers and signifieds of its male contributors appear a lexical and semantic affinity; fathers and sons are associated with inherited linguistic and behavioral bonds. Pelops is given a focal place because of his preeminence at Olympia and his polyvalent and polysemous identify, during which the ambiguities and polarities of his mythic and cultic id are embedded.

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This forged and emotionally loaded derivation (ou r(w) complies with the pronounced geras and time motif figuring in Iliad 1 , and the overgrown - '" 90 91 For the etymologies of Achilles see Tsitsibakou-Vasalos 2000: 1 1 - 1 2 with nn. 56-58 (modem scholarship) and 1 3 n. 60 (ancient scholarship). On Patroclus pharmakos: Austin 1 999: 32-42.

201 1 : 297. 9 Homer implements his technique in a wide variety of ways. 80 The epithets not only explain but also etymologize the noun they qualify. A most notable instance of this pattern is tAE08(JCJrrov at'AtVOV (11. 2. 776), "marsh-bred celery," in which the adjective etymologizes the noun. The ancient scholiast (sch. A 11. 776) points this out conclusively: l]TUlloAOyrpeEV OE btu TOV €AEo8(JEnrov "to at'At vov, "to £� lAOV� ac voflEvoV £V LOl£ lAEm yaQ LOiho w£ bt'l "to JtAELaLOv . In other words, the noun at'AtVOV « aEVOflat+lAO�) is qualified by a compound epithet, tAEO8(JEnrov, which shares the second component of at'At vov, namely lAO�, and paraphrases its first (aEVOflat� "tQEqJW).

I . 17. 14. On Apollo "als Heil- und Sillmegott": Nilsson 1967: 538-44. 83 = Epexegesis and Analysis of words 39 The natural outcome of the above-mentioned analysis of compound words and the insistence on their individual components is the creation of a series of concatenated cognates. In parenthesis, it is worth noting here the typological and functional specificities of clustering. g. AUW (Eust. 11. �w ( 1 : 64. 1 1 - 1 6), XTjguoow ( 1 . 3 8 3 . 7-9), Ctrranxw (2: 726. 1 1 -2 1 ), and explains the practice, repeating the terms xaLgLOv and £m�EVEL.

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