100 + 1 English Words of Greek Origin
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- The connection between Greek and English The Romans conquered Greece in 146 B. C. However, since they were not involved in arts and, more generally, culture, they were strongly influenced by the Greek language and culture. This is reflected in the celebrated verses of the sublime Latin poet Horace (65 – 8 B. C.): “Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artis intulit agresti Latio”. (Translation: “Though Greece was conquered, it subdued the conqueror and it introduced arts in the uncultured Latium”, Horace, Epistulae = Epistles, 2.1.156-157). Subsequently, the gradual conquering of Europe by the Romans resulted in the Romanisation of its peoples. Apart from their folkway, they also transmitted their language, Latin, which, however, had previously incorporated plenty of Greek words into its vocabulary. This vocabulary was expanded by the writing of the Holy Gospels in Greek and its enormous diffusion, as well as the conquering of Britain by the Normans (1066 - 1362). It kept on being expanded during the Renaissance, reaching its peak from the 18th century onwards with the development of sciences. Thus, the basic course of words borrowing is the following: Greek – Latin – English!
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