Deborah Levine Gera's Ancient Greek ideas on speech, language, and civilization PDF

By Deborah Levine Gera

ISBN-10: 0199256160

ISBN-13: 9780199256167

The resource and nature of earliest speech and civilization are puzzles that experience intrigued humans for lots of centuries. This publication surveys historical Greek perspectives on those questions. It discusses the harmonious language of the golden age, the ability in which language used to be first invented, and a few historic "linguists" defined by way of Homer and Herodotus.

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1 1 6-2 1 and see Lovejoy and Boas 1935. 38-41 and Blunden 1 986. {, . See too fn. -A. Se. ldry 1953. esp. 53-4 and below. Sect. 4. Tel�cJeides' >t��KT"'O"ES' fr. ; see esp. H. 4-5, 1 3 . Th is comic scenario of reis. tnlaJl mysteriea and d epi ct ions of Hfe in the lap of Persian luxury; see Galz 1 9671 1 1�22. I. The Nature of Language in the Golden Age 31 influenced by these comic distortions and caricatures when he imag­ ines golden age men and animals talking over food and drink (above, text near n .

I. ao; V_ Lioopoo 199o, I�0 . Lotina 5. R"'9. The first two texts refer to the bibliaIl Adam os ,""se .... - liver. s. , Ep QC. 5 = fr . a84 Edelsl<'in-Kidd. 36 2. Language ;n the Golden Age essences of the objects they denominate. " Thus we find a whole series of etymologies in the Cratylus and considerable Stoic interest in etymology as well. 2• Universal Languages Later Western thinkers will continue this attempt to retrace the original, perfect language of mankind in order to unlock the secrets of the universe which it contained.

J ubilee. nd cenl. BeE_e. Rubin 1 998. 309 with n . 16. I. The Nature of Language in the Golden Age Zl this description i s that ideally, in the best of all possible world. everyo ne (and everything) should be able to converse together. Tb; broadest possible speech community, with full communication between gods, men, beasts, and nature, is the optimal situation. It is possible that gods, men, and the various species of animals in the golden age each had their own individual languages, besides sharing a joint form of speech.

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