Ancient Greek and hundreds of meanings
Author: Igor Pirnovar

Introduction (this is not a true dictionary)

Index of some Greek words / (Kazalo)
amphora (6) A anchor (62) army (50) bad (43) beautiful (148)
bee (77) betray (44) blacksmith (18) boat (37) body (255)
boy (33) brother (90) bronze (70) build (201) building (95)
buy (23) cavalry (37) celebrate (103) chariot (116) cheat (86)
child (312) city (111) climb (16) come (84) cow (73)
crucifix (4) cross (133) cup (40) dance (192) dead (168)
destruct (79) destroy (223) die (41) door (97) drink (258)
drunk (71) ear (470) E east (20) eat (225) eccentric (8)
edge (105) educate (23) entrance (49) expedition (31) fall (474)
father (102) fight (254) fish (293) foot (188) friend (177)
future (25) general (100) get (66) ghost (13) gift (81)
give (813) go (50) gold (252) goldsmith (0) good (649)
hair (283) H hall (40) hand (603) happen (71) happy (59)
hard (830) hardship (23) harm (107) harvest (21) hate (80)
head (391) heart (174) heaven (86) hell (17) helmet (25)
help (314) honey (103) horse (233) house (249) host (115)
hut (2) ice (1) king (42) kill (120) lance (17) L
leg (148) libation (35) love (309) man (630) mother (92)
mountain (75) naked (28) oil (34) old (33) ox (87)
palace (7) P play (331) procession (65) pull (99) push (75)
put (147) pyre (4) queen (26) ram (17) road (54)
run (195) sail (202) sailor (19) salt (109) sanctuary (27)
saw (21) sea (569) sell (118) shield (102) shoot (167)
shed (87) sheep (79) shepherd (23) shrine (38) sick (89)
sing (202) single (109) slave (158) snow (39) soldier (54)
sow (62) speak (446) spirit (134) squad (16) storm (70)
strong (176) swan (7) swim (73) sword (62) take (978) T
talk (217) teach (116) temple (159) thunder (62) vessel (155)
vine (134) war (387) water (430) west (27) wheel (95)
wife (57) willow (7) wind (279) woman (173) work (548)
young (198)

 

Introduction (this is not a true dictionary)

I've collected here a few example words from the vocabulary of Antique Greek also called Classic Greek, so you can see for yourself, that the interpreters exercise a rather excessive liberty at assigning meanings to them, hence an overwhelming number of Greek words is found to match a single meaning in Classical Greek texts. Though not seen in these tables the opposite phenomenon, namely, the fact that o single word can have large number of different meanings is also prevalent in Ancient Greek. These are the characteristics typical for an immature usually still evolving “young” language - one more proof that Ancient Greek is a young language.

Though only a few words are presented here, I did not pick them in any particular manner, in particular I did not pay any attention to the number of meanings the searches generated, but rather I selected them in a random fashion guided only by the way I encountered them at my work during a much broader study of prehistoric issues and languages.

It is necessary to point out that one will not find such lists of Ancient Greek words in any Classical Greek dictionary, since they are produced by automatic scans of Ancient Greek texts translated into English. Search engine is given an English word and then all words that begin with the word are listed. This occasionally produces a rather useless output. For instance searching for the word “go” will list good, goodbye, goal, goat, goblet, gondola, gordon, .... Hence a common sense must be used when considering the search-keys and the output they produce. However, one can use these tools rather successfully to witness the immaturity of the language and, even more so, how superficial can be the interpretations of Classical Greek texts.

 

 


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