> But I think "a-mazos" was clearly a folk etymology. The suffix -zo:n seems
> to me connected to IE root *gwenH- "woman", through some Satem language,
> Thracia, Phrygian, Armenian or alike.
> Joao SL
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> From: Christopher Straughn <cstraughn@...>
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> Subject: Re: [tied] AMAZONS: legend or history?
> > I've always understood that Amazon came from Greek "a-mazos", meaning
> > without breasts, because Amazon women were purported to have cut off their
> > right breasts in order to make it easier to use a bow and javelin. At any
> > rate, that's what Webster gives as the etymology.
> > >1) AMAZO:NES (akin to Armenian Amis-Zon "Moon Woman" ?)
> > >They've ever apperead in Greek myths as adversaries of heroes, Theseus,
> > >Herakles and Bellerophontes. Myrina (Bathyaia)'s tomb is cited at Iliad.
> > >Diodorus Siculus mentioned euhemerist tales envolving Lybian Amazons,
> > >Atlants and Gorgons.
> > >
> > P.S. Thanks for the info on Dalmatian and Sardinian.
> > Chris
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