Re: [tied] Re: Uni

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 8638
Date: 2001-08-21

Torsten is right. Apart from other consideration, the *-es-stem abstract noun *wen-es- (Nom./Acc. *wenos) is attested outside Latin (Skt. vanas- 'desire, charm'), and Latin venus, veneris is also a common noun meaning 'charm, loveliness; love'. It must have been a neuter originally (like <genus, generis> etc.), as in Sanskrit, but the personification of "Charm" as Venus caused a gender shift in the noun itself. This evidently took place rather late, as there was no adjustment of the structure of the word, such as would have accompanied the "neuter > non-neuter" shift in a PIE consonantal stem.
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From: tgpedersen@...
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2001 12:10 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: Uni (was: Odin as a Trojan Prince)

>> [Alexander:] Can not Roman Venus be produced from Etruscan Uni as well ? ...
>> ... So Etruscan Uni would be represented in the Roman mythology twice - as
Juno (~ Hera) and Venus (~ Aphrodite). IMHO.

Isn't *w-n- "friend; desire" IE?