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aristocratic problem

Postby sinhakumara » Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:29 am

Ancient Greek names like ARISTOTLE, ARISTOPHENES, and ARISTOCLES (Plato) - all of them begin with an ARISTO. How is the word formed and what does it mean ? An early response please !
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Re: aristocratic problem

Postby Lex » Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:27 pm

Here is a Greek-English dictionary. See if you can't figure it out from there.
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Re: aristocratic problem

Postby sinhakumara » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:00 am

My query has two aspects to it. First, Could every Greek in ancient times append an aristo as part of his name ? or was it a privilege denoting Class ? Secondly, 'Aryah' means superior (person) and 'stu' means commendable in Sanskrit , Is it exactly the same in Greek or is it a bit different ?
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Re: aristocratic problem

Postby Lex » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:36 am

sinhakumara wrote:My query has two aspects to it. First, Could every Greek in ancient times append an aristo as part of his name ? or was it a privilege denoting Class ?


I don't know about this question.

sinhakumara wrote:Secondly, 'Aryah' means superior (person) and 'stu' means commendable in Sanskrit , Is it exactly the same in Greek or is it a bit different ?
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etymonline.com says, in the entry under "aristocracy":

...Gk. aristokratia "government, rule of the best," from aristos "best" (originally "most fitting," from PIE *ar-isto-, superlative form of *ar- "to fit together")...


Under "arete":

important concept in Gk. philosophy, "virtue, excellence," lit. "that which is good." The comp. form is areion, the superl. is aristos (cf. aristocracy).
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