[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
In a message dated 2/25/00 12:48:24 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> The -ites in greek, and
> correct me if I'm wrong, refers to provenance, and
> basically means "dweller"
That is indeed one of its uses. The suffix -ites (the origin of our suffix
-ite) is used in a wide range of instances, including indicating dwelling
place (Seattlite), descent from a particular ancestor (Israelite, Levite),
follower of a particular teacher or philosophy (Mennonite), or generally a
person concerned with or involved in something (polites "city father,
politician", from polis "city"). So a hoplite is, basically, a person
somehow connected with a hoplon, or full-body shield, hence the dinosaurian
epithets _Oplosaurus_, _Hoplosaurus_, and _Sauroplites_.
Incidentally, the sound /h/ was not marked in classical Attic Greek, hence
sometimes authors would inadvertently omit it (as in _Oplosaurus_) or insert
it where it did not belong (as in Greek alkyon "kingfisher", wrongly
transcribed into Latin as halcyon, like in "halcyon days").