Basileus (was Re: Names - a plea)
|Date:||Thursday, January 25, 2001, 19:28|
Vasiliy Chernov wrote:
> Vasiliy < Greek _Basileios_ - adj. 'royal' or 'king-like' (derived from
> _basileus_ 'king', which seems to have no obvious etymology)
I just read an interesting book on the Indo-Europeans that reiterated
the tantalizing claim that "basileus" (and many other Greek words of no
known Indo-European provenance) is a loan word from whatever language
was spoken in Greece (and probably the remainder of the Balkans, as
well) before the Greeks arrived in the 4th-3d millenium BCE. I wonder if
anyone has ever tried to link the non-Indo-European words in Greek with
Basque. Might be worth a shot.
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