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Glossography
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I. Greek

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A. The ancient concept of ‘Glosses’

Glosses (γλῶσσαι; glôssai) are words that are rare and difficult to explain. The Greeks' interest in such words dates back to the earliest periods: even in works of archaic and classical poets, glosses were accompanied by more common synonyms (‘glossarial synonymity’); this kind of ‘self-exegesis’ is perhaps already evident in the first two verses of the Odyssey (Hom. Od. 1.1-2).

 Antisthenes [1] and the Sophists saw the exact interpretation of words as the root of al…

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Tosi, Renzo (Bologna) and Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance), “Glossography”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e425290>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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