Essays on Various Subjects, Philological, Philosophical, Ethnological, and Archaeological, Connected with the Prehistorical Records of the

Essays on Various Subjects, Philological, Philosophical, Ethnological, and Archaeological, Connected with the Prehistorical Records of the (Paperback)

By John Williams 
Publisher: General Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 115021371X
EAN: 9781150213717
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 264
Publish Date: 2009-12-17
Binding: Paperback
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1858 Excerpt: ... ON ONE SOURCE OF THE NON-HELLENIC PORTION OF THE LATIN LANGUAGE. Payne Knight, no mean name among philologers, after a masterly and convincing proof, that neither Zenodotus nor Aristarchus, the great critics of the Alexandrian school, could be acquitted of the charge of " scarcely credible ignorance " of the primitive form of the Homeric language, thus proceeds: "The grammarians and critics of Alexandria were all guilty of the same fault. They never investigated the original sources of the language, but classed among anomalous dialects and poetic licenses every thing that was not in unison with their own usual style of speaking. In their age there existed many clews to the inquiry, which have now disappeared, but which, at that time, might easily have been found in written records, and in the rude and semi-barbarous languages of Italy and other countries adjacent to Greece. Had any one, however, suggested to Aristarchus that the true form and character of the Homeric dialect was to be extracted from Latin, Tuscan, or Oscan languages, he would in my opinion have been as much astonished as if he had heard of the claims of the Irish antiquary, who affirmed that the Homeric poems had been translated furtively from the ' Gaelic into Greek.' " Whatever might have been the astonishment of Aristarchus on being referred to the rude and semi-barbarous dialects of isolated and mountainous districts for a resolution of his philological difficulties, every man acquainted with the subject knows that the great superiority of the modern over the ancient philologers is not attributable solely to the successful prosecution of the study of comparative etymology--a science unknown to the ancients--but also to the careful examination of a mass of words and expressions preserve...
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Title: Essays on Various Subjects, Philological, Philosophical, Ethnological, and Archaeological, Connected with the Prehistorical Records of the
Publisher: General Books
Author: John Williams
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 115021371X
EAN: 9781150213717
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 264
Publish Date: 2009-12-17
Binding: Paperback

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