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Shouldn't the bolded "daughter" be "lover," based on the previous text? --Graffitici 19:12, 4 July 2006 (UTC)
etymology of Byzas
I've seen at least one credited linguist (Sorin Paliga, who is associated also with the Urbian theory) deriving Byzas from PIE *beu-/bheu-, "to swell", Byzas meaning "Big" or something, and the English word "big" itself via Norwegian Bugge (a word and a name in Norwegian) in my reference is derived from PIE *beu-/bheu-. The name Byzas is linked in these theories to Thracian forms, and Illyrian Beuzas etc. Alex (talk) 04:57, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
- There is the Romanian pre-Roman substrate word buză (lip), buze (lips), Albanian buzë...which have all been derived from *beu- ("to swell") by linguistic references. Alex (talk) 05:41, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
- There is also a Thracian component identified from Thracian toponyms, -Bussa , which Olteanu & others conclude meant "water spring, water source", but Olteanu is not sure of the etymology of -Bussa, he tentatively suggests PIE *bheu, "to grow, to be" (it has no agreed upon etymology, and there does not appear to be much literature about it). This next conclusion seems to be original research, but -Bussa may in fact derive from *beu, "to swell out, bubble out", as Old French boter ("to push forth"), Latin bullire ("to bubble"). Alex (talk) 05:59, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
I do not think that such etymologies will ever be more than random speculation. There simply isn't enough 'substance' to the name to say anything conclusive. Sure, we can mention etymologies and attribute them to those suggesting them, but you should not expect anything like a definite answer, it is really anyone's guess. --dab (𒁳) 07:15, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
- Thanks, if I do add suggested etymologies to Byzas, I will have everything sourced of course, no OR. The other suggested derivation of Byzas from *bhugo- "goat,ram" seems to be based on---nothing? :) I'll check.
- Unless the *bhugo- derivation has some compelling evidence, the likely etymologies are:
- 1) a connection to North Thracian/Moesian -bussa, "spring", perhaps from *beu, "to swell, bubble out" and a connection to those other forms from *beu-, "to swell, bubble out" ?
- 2) a connection to Greek buzon (derived from buo, "to stuff" from what PIE root?), meaning: 1) packed close together/stuffed/pressed close together; 2)wise (Hesychius gloss; this meaning derived from a head stuffed with knowledge?); 3) gauron de kai mega (Hesychius gloss). However if it's from Greek, why is the name uncommon among ancient Greeks (?) and common among Thracians (?) and a very similar form attested among Illyrians (Beuzas)?
- I'll find more info. A Greek derivation would also not illuminate the Naiad's name, Byzia much, and we would be led to believe that Byzas meant "wise" as in the Hesychius gloss, but if so why is the name poorly attested among Greeks. If it is so rare among Greeks, I go for for a Thracian source derived from *beu, "to swell, bubble out". And what linguistic source suggests a Greek derivation? Alex (talk) 07:22, 9 June 2009 (UTC)