The present paper aims at investigating some Mycenaean toponyms containing the name of the ‘goat’, in which the animal’s name is metaphorically used to define place-names characterised by the presence of “agitated” natural elements. The voices represent, therefore, a possible example of how we can re-organize the etymological framework, evolving towards translated values, but still crystallizing the original semantics. Moreover, the attestation of this semantic passage in the 2nd millennium BC documents confirms both a high dating of the phenomenon, and, from the etymological point of view, it allows some considerations about the relationship between the Indo-European roots *ayg- /*ayĝ-.

La “capra” e la “natura agitata” nella toponomastica micenea: un tassello nella ricostruzione di un’immagine metaforica

V. Gasbarra
2022

Abstract

The present paper aims at investigating some Mycenaean toponyms containing the name of the ‘goat’, in which the animal’s name is metaphorically used to define place-names characterised by the presence of “agitated” natural elements. The voices represent, therefore, a possible example of how we can re-organize the etymological framework, evolving towards translated values, but still crystallizing the original semantics. Moreover, the attestation of this semantic passage in the 2nd millennium BC documents confirms both a high dating of the phenomenon, and, from the etymological point of view, it allows some considerations about the relationship between the Indo-European roots *ayg- /*ayĝ-.
etimology, metaphor, Greek, Indo-European
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