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Theonymica Helleno-Semitica II: Pallas Atháná / Atháná Potnia "Virgin" or "Lady"?



Year of publication 2007
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source DO-SO-MO. Fascicula Mycenologica Polona
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Linguistics
Keywords Greek etymology; Semitic etymology; theonyms; etymology;
Description The name of one of the most important goddess of the Greek pantheon, Athene, is apparently of non-Indo-European origin. In the article two alternative etymologies are discussed, the adaptation of the Semitic theonym Anat, and the development from the geographical term "table hill" of Hurrian origin, used first for acropolis, further for the city and finally for the goddess of the city.
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