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By Robert Maltby

ISBN-10: 090520574X

ISBN-13: 9780905205748

Etymology - the learn of phrases specifically as regards to their derivations - used to be an immense point in old suggestion, beginning with Plato's Cratylus. within the Roman interval it grew to become much more major, partially due to the impression of Stoicism at the prior improvement of Roman legislation. The De lingua latina of M. Terentius Varro, a modern of a few of the significant classical Latin writers, is a wealthy shop of etymological thought and instance.

With the improvement of ancient philology within the 19th century, historical etymological perform got here to appear unscientific and therefore unworthy of significant realization. Classicists considered as ridiculous such derivations because the recognized ''lucus a non lucendo'' (a 'shady grove', from 'not being lit'); visible etymologies, frequently on right names, they tended to brush off as trivial wordplay, feeble punning, or mere ornamentation. yet newer scholarship has proven that etymologies in Latin and Greek poetry and prose diversity a ways past right names, and are not at all consistently noticeable. In an highbrow weather pleasant to diversified linguistic constructions, old etymologising is more and more getting used as a device within the examine of old literature, and the highbrow substructure of historical etymological thought is once more being taken heavily. however the historic assets for recognized etymologies are scattered and occasionally tough to refer to, and the bounds of the potential aren't regularly revered via literary students.

In A Lexicon of historic Latin Etymologies Robert Maltby presents an critical source for this box of enquiry. He has assembled the entire explicitly attested etymologies of Latin antiquity, from the predecessors of Varro to Isidore of Seville, overlaying glossaries and scholia in addition to usual historical etymological source-works. His coverage of quoting broadly, instead of summarising, unearths the relationships among historic gurus, and the reasoning in the back of a lot of their etymologies. the result's an important paintings of reference for you to ease proficient entry to this sector of historic technology.

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