Wordgloss: A Cultural Lexicon
A comprehensive reference work consisting of a series of mini-essays, informed by Latin and Greek and a deep knowledge of the humanities. This book tells you where words and concepts came from, examining the myth or history that clings to them and how they acquired the meaning they now have.
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Aegisthus ancient ancient Rome applied Aristotle Athens authority became believed bicameral body called centre century Christian Church citizen civil classical coined common communist connotation Cronus culture death democracy democratic denotes derives describe developed Dionysus economic emperor empire English Erinyes Europe European example expression famous father favour France French Freud German gives gods Greece Greek alphabet Greek prefix hence human ical ideas Irish Italian Jews Julius Caesar king Latin prefix leader liberal literally living Marx means relating medieval ment modern moral nature Odysseus one's organization originally parliament particle party pejorative pentarchy person pertaining philosopher pleonasm plural political refers Revolution Roman Roman empire Rome rule Russia Russian secular seek sense social social democracy socialists society someone Spartacus suffix indicating synonym term thalassocracy theory thing Third Estate tion word Wordgloss writing Zeus