The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984 - 636 страници
There are no direct records of the original Indo-European speech. By comparing the vocabularies of its various descendants, however, it is possible to reconstruct the basic Indo-European roots with considerable confidence. In The Origins of English Words, Shipley catalogues these proposed roots and follows the often devious, always fascinating, process by which some of their offshoots have grown.
Anecdotal, eclectic, and always enthusiastic, The Origins of English Words is a diverting expedition beyond linguistics into literature, history, folklore, anthropology, philosophy, and science.
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Hera ( Roman Juno ) promised Paris greatness ; Athene ( Roman Minerva ) , success in war ; Aphrodite ( Roman Venus ) , the loveliest woman .
The Grecian beard was curly ; the Roman , trimmed ; but in the Roman Empire shaving became general about 450 B.C. partly for greater ...
The Quirinal was one of the Seven Hills of Rome ; Quirinus was an early Roman god of war ; but Quirites may have come from the Sabine town of Cures .