Friday 27 November 2015

καπνιστήριο(ν): a Hellenistic, Byzantine, and Modern repeat neologism ?

The noun refers to a vapour bath or similar in a late Hellenistic inscription from Priene (other (conjectured) attestations), to a censer in the de Ceremoniis of Constantinus Porphyrogenitus (pp. 554-555), and, nowadays, to a smoking room (as a calque on French fumoir, salon á fumer).

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