Adonis

George Athas gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au
Tue May 11 01:49:35 EDT 1999


Kevin W. Woodruff wrote:

> George:
>
> Apollodorus in his work _The Library_ (III.14.4) spells Adonis as
> Alpha-Delta-Omega-Nu-Iota-Sigma
>
> Hope this helps

Certainly does. Then Adonis has semitic roots because the transliteration of ADON ("lord") into
Greek would fit perfectly the spelling of Adonis. Thus, the -is ending is simply a Greek nominative
ending.

Has anyone ever considered any possibility other than semitic roots for Adonis?

Regards.
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GEORGE ATHAS
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 University of Sydney
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