This paper argues for the derivation of the Greek name Αἰθίοψ ‘Ethiopian’, Myc. a₃-ti-jo-qo from a compound *h₂eidʰi-h₃okʷ-, with an original meaning 'bright/fiery(-looking)'. The name was only later reinterpreted as 'burnt-faced' when the legendary Αἰθίοπες (connected with a solar myth of Indo-European origin) were identified with real-world populations. The etymologically obscure PN Αἴσωπος 'Aesop' might continue thematic *h₂eidʰi-h₃kʷ-ó-.

On Greek Αἰθίοψ 'Ethiopian' and Αἴσωπος 'Aesop' from a PIE Perspective

Roberto Batisti
2020

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This paper argues for the derivation of the Greek name Αἰθίοψ ‘Ethiopian’, Myc. a₃-ti-jo-qo from a compound *h₂eidʰi-h₃okʷ-, with an original meaning 'bright/fiery(-looking)'. The name was only later reinterpreted as 'burnt-faced' when the legendary Αἰθίοπες (connected with a solar myth of Indo-European origin) were identified with real-world populations. The etymologically obscure PN Αἴσωπος 'Aesop' might continue thematic *h₂eidʰi-h₃kʷ-ó-.
Proceedings of the 31st Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference. November 8th and 9th, 2019
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