Re: [tied] Thanatos and Vanth

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7533
Date: 2001-06-10

Final -u in <Aplu> reflects Greek -o:(n)
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From: Glen Gordon
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2001 12:58 AM
Subject: [tied] Thanatos and Vanth

As I have said, Thanatos could very well have merged with a pre-existing Vanth with new functions attributed to him/her as is the case with a large amount of Greek and Roman gods (Aphrodite-Venus, Mars-Ares, yadayadayadayada). Claiming that the very name of Vanth is somehow derived from Hellenic *tHwanatos seems a little phonetically weak. If Vanth were a Greek loan, we'd expect Etruscan *Thantu, similar to Apollo versus Aplu. How can you possibly explain the missing initial dental? Should we not expect final -u as in Aplu?