Talk:Megaera

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
          This article is of interest to the following WikiProjects:
WikiProject Greece (Rated Stub-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Greece, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Greece on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
Stub-Class article Stub  This article has been rated as Stub-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.
 
WikiProject Classical Greece and Rome (Rated Stub-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is part of the WikiProject for Classical Greece and Rome, a group of contributors who write Wikipedia's Classics articles. If you would like to join the WikiProject or learn how to contribute, please see our project page. If you need assistance from a classicist, please see our talk page.
Stub-Class article Stub  This article has been rated as Stub-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.
 
WikiProject Mythology (Rated Stub-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is supported by WikiProject Mythology. This project provides a central approach to Mythology-related subjects on Wikipedia. Please participate by editing the article, and help us assess and improve articles to good and 1.0 standards, or visit the WikiProject page for more details.
Stub-Class article Stub  This article has been rated as Stub-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.
 

Comments[edit]

The authoritative “Diccionario de la Lengua española (22a. edición) de la Real Academia Española,” notes that the Spanish word for woman, mujer, is derived from the Latin “mulier” or “mulieris”, also meaning woman (Del lat. mulĭer, -ēris). Contrary to the impression given by the fanciful etymology megaera – mujer, the origin of the word “mulier” is unknown, but the word possibly may be derived from a root meaning “soft, delicate.” See http://www.sussex.ac.uk/linguistics/documents/where_do_mama2.pdf.

As detailed by Thelma Cheren in her 1971 article “Gynecology: an Etymological Note” (see http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=197651&blobtype=pdf), ”mulier” is said to come from the comparative form “mollior,” of the word “mollis,” meaning “soft” or tender” or “pliable” or “gentle.” Other words sharing this origin include “mollify” and “emollient.” The postulated root word “mol” signifies grinding down by force, at first literally and later figuratively. The literal meaning is captured in modern English words such as “meal” (ground grain), “mill” (to grind) and “molar“ (grinding tooth). Behind the root word “mol” lies an older root word, “mar,” meaning to crush, pound, or destroy, which has given us modern words as diverse as morbid, murder, Mars, and milk.

Yes, that seems reasonable. I have removed the reference to Spanish. The French, Italian, and Portuguese terms, however, seem more likely to derive from it, because the vowel is different from the Latin root. Rigadoun (talk) 18:38, 14 November 2006 (UTC)


Beautiful?[edit]

to "72.186.101.42" or "72.184.230.101"

Megaera's alleged beauty as the cause of jealousy is an interesting interpretation but still dubious and completely unsourced. Also, “thought by many” in a wikipedia article is generally synonymous with original research or utter BS. Please don’t put it back without a credible source.

I guess mentioning that in art[1], the Erinyes, just like the Gorgons, were not always as frightful as their function and common descriptions suggest is ok.

If Megaera (not to be confused with Megara) is depicted as beautiful in some tv series, cartoon or comic book, mention it in the pop culture part. Laurent paris (talk) 16:16, 18 September 2008 (UTC)