Re: [tied] Basileus

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7496
Date: 2001-06-08

Mycenaean <qa-si-re-u> was probably something like "headman"
or "man in charge of a small group". Here's a nice overview
of the pre-Homeric social order:


----- Original Message -----
From: "Glen Gordon" <glengordon01@...>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 6:24 AM
Subject: [tied] Basileus

> Piotr:
> >What if <basileus> is simply a truncated variant of
*gWasi-la:wos [...] 'he
> >who has the lâos going/marching', i.e. 'the man in
charge, commander'?
> Clever. Very clever. I don't have any objections to it
other than
> that the literal meaning is somewhat awkward and that the
resultant meaning
> of "commander" doesn't seem to be quite in line with what
a /basileus/
> really is. Isn't a /basileus/ more along the lines of a
> "chief"?
> - gLeN