George Athas gathas at
Tue Aug 21 08:59:55 EDT 2001

Also, the "-ides" in Maimonides is an ancient Greek way of saying "son of". Thus,
Maimonides means "son of Maimon". It's very common in Homeric Greek and is still in use
amongst Greek names today, mostly with people whose ancestry lies in northern Greece or
Anatolia. The more modern way of doing the same thing is with -poulos (though it simply
means "little one" rather than literally "son of"). So, if Maimonides had lived in the
Pelopponese today, he would have been Maimonopoulos!!!

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