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1 June 2012 Introduction au système de nomination des serpents en grec ancien : l'ophionyme dipsas et ses synonymes
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Introduction to the ancient Greek system of snake naming: the ophionym dipsas and its synonyms

Most — if not all — names of both indigenous and exotic snakes as evidenced in ancient Greek were neither of Indo-european origin nor borrowed from foreign languages. They were coined by the Greeks on the basis of criteria of three types. The first and predominant type referred to zoological data (from morphology to behaviour, bio-ecology or zoogeography), the second one to venomous symptoms, the third one to anthropological features. In this insight, all three are defined, the first two are surveyed with the case study of the ophionym dipsas and its synonyms. For its linguistic, herpetological and iological contents, this case provides a representative example for introducing to the ancient Greek system of snake naming.

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Liliane Bodson "Introduction au système de nomination des serpents en grec ancien : l'ophionyme dipsas et ses synonymes," Anthropozoologica 47(1), (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.5252/az2012n1a3
Received: 2 January 2011; Accepted: 1 April 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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