Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Plato's Cratylus

'The Greeks were extremely, almost obsessively, interested in etymologies. ... its [this interest's] most celebrated, extended and lunatic efflorescence occurs in Plato's Cratylus'.

R. J. Hankison 'Usage and abusage: Galen on language', in Companions to Ancient Thought, 3: Language S. Everson (ed.). Cambridge University Press. 1994: 166-187, at 167.


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