Tag: philology

στήτη, a post-Homeric ghost word

By: | Post date: 2011-01-11 | Comments: 5 Comments
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I posted in November about Leo Allatius, who coined a new word in the Greek literary corpus through a misreading of Pindar—or rather, perpetuating a mediaeval misreading of Pindar. But with the transmission of Classical literature as haphazard as it was, Allatius was not the only writer to have come up with such creative misreadings. […]

TLG Updates, May 2010

By: | Post date: 2010-05-11 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Ancient Greek, Linguistics, Literature, Mediaeval Greek
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The TLG has just released the latest updates to its text collection. This is what has been added, from the oldest to the most recent texts, with Early Modern Greek texts separate: Philodemus (i BC): On Anger (ed. Indelli, 1988) Philodemus is a Hellenistic philosopher, who we know about mainly thanks to Mt Vesuvius, carbonising […]

Chronicle of Hippolytus

By: | Post date: 2010-05-04 | Comments: 2 Comments
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This has not been one of the major reasons for my latest blog detox, but I’ve become involved in a translation project, which has cost me a few evenings and will cost me a few yet. Tom Schmidt has worked on a translation of Hippolytus’ Chronicle—a text I’d already noticed in my TLG work because […]

Philological Reliability: Literary Texts

By: | Post date: 2010-02-16 | Comments: 2 Comments
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It’s safe to come out now, folks, I’m no longer debating the etymology of Greek four-letter words. But two points that came up in that debate—the reliability of a vernacular phrase in Tzetzes, and the unrelated search for the earliest attestation of the -opoulos suffix, bring up a philological point, about dating linguistic changes through […]

Etymologies and attestation of μουνί

By: | Post date: 2010-02-13 | Comments: 9 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek
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(See also μουνί vs. monín; μούτζα, μουνί and Tzetzes.) OK, let’s draw this talk of μουνίν to some sort of close. I’ll present the first attestations of the word, as given in Trapp’s and Kriaras’ dictionary; and then I’ll reproduce Moutsos’ presentation of the various proposed etymologies, with a few of my comments. The attestations […]

Tzetzes’ Theogony, continued

By: | Post date: 2010-02-06 | Comments: 16 Comments
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I have picked up Hunger’s edition of the epilogue to Tzetzes’ Theogony, so I can now fill in some of the questions left open in my previous post, and correct some misunderstandings I had, In a separate post, I’ll speculate further on the etymology of μουνί. I’ve changed my mind on it, btw. But first, […]

μούτζα, μουνί and Tzetzes

By: | Post date: 2010-02-03 | Comments: 27 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek, Modern Greek
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I thank my esteemed commenters on the last post, and have a post-length response to them, concerning: The Complaint of the Anonymous Naupliot The Byzantinicity of the Greek insulting gesture of the moutza The controversy over the etymology of μουνί “cunt” The curious editorial fate of Tzetzes’ Theogony … Ah yes. There is a Language […]

TLG updates

By: | Post date: 2010-02-02 | Comments: 5 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek, Modern Greek
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The TLG has just released a new update to its corpus. As of tonight, the automatic recognition of lemmata in the TLG which I’ve been working on has just reached 95% of all wordforms. With these two milestones, I’ll be posting a few things about the current corpus; I’ve already put up some Wordles, as […]

The 23 to 29 Apolloniuses of Classical Literature

By: | Post date: 2009-10-12 | Comments: 6 Comments
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I’m parking this posting here for lack of somewhere else to park it. (It’s not strictly language-related, but I’m realising philology posts are probably better pitched here than in The Other Place.) In my day-job capacity, I’m posting on the fluidity of identity in repositories—how, particularly if you’re relying on computer deduplication of identity, there […]

Lascaris Cananus: Updated

By: | Post date: 2009-09-18 | Comments: 2 Comments
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Well, I now have both the Lundström and the Blomqvist editions of Lascaris Cananus next to me, so I can update my preceding post on him. Thanks to your intrepid correspondent, the 1902 edition, Lundström, Vilhelm (ed.) 1902. Laskaris Kananos. Reseanteckningar från de nordiska länderna. Upsala; Leipzig: Lundequist (Smärre Byzantinska skrifter; 1)—is now online at […]

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