Re: [tied] Nereus and nerove

From: João Simões Lopes Filho
Message: 4119
Date: 2000-10-04

Well, there are two roots here: *HANER- "hero, man, male, warrior" and *NA:-
"to wash, to swimm, water, umid, wet"
I'd add a third *NERT- "below, down" cf. Greek nerteros and English north.

Could be Tacitus's Nerthus a mispelling of *Erthus?
Joao SL
----- Original Message -----
From: Petr Strossa <kizips@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Nereus and nerove

> > Ah, that's good. Nereus, Nera and nero:ve. Some IE God of Waters?
> After all, why couldn't it be also connected with the Germanic
> goddess Nerthus described by the Romans (Tacitus?)? If all these
> words were derived from a root *ner- meaning something like
> `(life-giving) strength', they would be also cognate to the
> Osco-Umbrian word _ner_, `man'...
> P.S.