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[Text not reproducible in ascii]: Etymological and sociocultural observations on the concepts of disease and divine (dis)favour in ancient Greece

Abstract:

After a brief discussion of earlier etymological theories, this article proposes a new analysis of the Greek noun 'disease' as a possessive compound *n-osw-os 'not having *(hi)osu', the second constituent of which is cognate with Hitt. āssu 'well-being'; just like the latter, Greek are characteristically sent or removed by divinities. Moreover, the reconstruction of an abstract noun *(hi)osu 'well-being (resulting from divine favour)' can serve as the etymological basis for the somewhat obscu...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, MML and LPP
Journal:
Journal of Hellenic Studies
Volume:
128
Pages:
153-171
Publication date:
2008
ISSN:
0075-4269
URN:
uuid:f59c5f81-21e8-4668-bf28-e8c50b9706e4
Source identifiers:
148954
Local pid:
pubs:148954
Language:
English

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