[tied] lat. barbatus

From: Philobiblos 315
Message: 14525
Date: 2002-08-25


alexmoeller@... wrote:

Miguell argued this is a latin word. I know now in Corfu there
is a place caled Barbatus, so we will conclude this is a greek
word. But barbatus/varvatus is not a greek word, this one
beeing from pre-helenic times. I am not so sure but
barbarus/varvarus is kinda likely with barbatus/varvatus sa I
guess somewhere else is the link.
"barbatos" (inModGreek Varvatos) is the Latin "barbatus"=bearded, and entered into Greek usage around the 6-7th centuries AD, perhaps earlier. In the Chronicon Paschale (640s AD) it is used to mean "bearded" (cf. Lampe, A Patristic Greek Lexicon); in Mediaeval Greek it meant "bearded," i.e. one that has not been castrated. In Modern Greek it came to mean "masculine, virile, one with strong masculine characteristics" and can also be used metaphorically to mean "stallion or bull, i.e. animals one can use for breeding, i.e. not castrated," and, even in more extended metaphor "powerful (as in very competent) lawyer, doctor, scholar etc." (cf. inter alia: Babiniotis, Lexiko tes Neas Ellenikes Glossas, Athens 1998; [Triantaphyllides Foundation] Lexiko tes Koines Neoellenikes, Thessalonica, 1999).

Aristide Caratzas