Re: [tied] Poseidon

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 3312
Date: 2000-08-20

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From: Glen Gordon
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2000 9:23 AM
Subject: Re: [tied] Poseidon

Glen asks: Is *xepom attested elsewhere besides in IndoIranian?
Of course it is; the theonym apa:m napa:t occurs both in Old Indic and in Avestan. In Sanskrit we also have apa:m pati 'Ocean, (also) Varuna' (well, here's a nice parallel for your Poseidon etymology!). This derives from ap-as 'waters' (in the sg. only the vocative is attested). The element *xap- is extremely common in IE river-names; cf. also Old Prussian ape 'stream'.