Re: [tied] ROM-

From: João Simões Lopes Filho
Message: 4062
Date: 2000-09-27

I was just talking about the names, I was not trying to connect Rama and the god Eros.
Joao SL
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From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 8:59 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] ROM-

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Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 5:18 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] ROM-

There are lots of Sanskrit words that have to do with erotic pleasure and are related to Rama; e.g. riraMsa: (with reduplication) 'sexual desire', or rati (< *rm-ti) 'pleasure, making love'. The match seems perfect on the semantic side, but the original meaning of the root ram- (< *rem-) was 'rest, pause' or the like, as evidenced by Iranian and Baltic (cf. Lithuanian ramus 'quiet'). If the root is IE, it must be *(H)rem-.
Greek ero:s is an old stem in -o:s (the best-known Attic variant ero:t- is secondary). Derivationally related words like erannos < erasnos, eramai or eratos point to reconstructable *erx- (*erx-as-, *erx-o:s). I'm not aware of any plausible cognates, IE or non-IE. Phonological comparison clearly militates against Rama and Eros being related.
So, was Rama- cognate of Eros?