Etymological Dictionaries: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period
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Philosophical and grammatical studies on etymologies (or rather pseudo-etymologies) have contributed to the compilation of various erudite works devoted to this topic from the 5th c. BCE on. However, the first etymological dictionary seems to have been that compiled by Orion of Thebes (5th c. CE), which then constituted one of the major sources of Late Antique and Byzantine Etymologica (these latter having encyclopedic character rather than being strictly etymological dictionaries).

Systematic studies on etymology (Etym…

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Stefano Valente, “Etymological Dictionaries: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 15 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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