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Illuminations in Etymology
Frank Marrero, Enelysios
Fools are those who are not in constant intercourse
with their own nature.
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Fools are those who do not understand their own language.
— Heraklitos, 500 years B.C.E.
Note: At no time in any of its history did the Hellenes refer to their country as “Greece”, to themselves as the “Greeks”, or their language as “Greek.” This mistake has been proposed to be a very early Latin error whereby the initial encounter with the Hellenes was via one town Graia, “Gray”, on the coast of Boestia. This blunder can be likened unto Columbus insisting he had indeed discovered India and thus the Natives of the New Land have been referred to as “Indians” ever since. Therefore, like “Peking” to “Beijing” and “Bombay” to “Mumbai”, I defer the name of the county and people to those who live there: the county, Hellas; the people, Hellenes. However, Hellenika is not as simple and clear as “Greek”, so I continue to use this word to connote the language, also appreciating Latin contributions.
Originally Hellas indicated only the province that held the Oracle at Delphi, but because of the far-reaching desire to partake in that holy ground, the name Hellas grew to include the whole region.
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