Sunday, December 12, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Anthology

According to the Longman Dictionary of English anthology ''is a set of stories, poems, songs etc by different people collected together in one book'', for example, a collection of films (as this picture shows).

Anthology comes from Latin anthologia, from Greek anthologia "flower-gathering," from anthos "a flower" + logia "collection, collecting," from legein "gather". Modern sense (which emerged in Late Greek) is metaphoric, "flowers" of verse, small poems by various writers gathered together.

Other words with these roots are: with antho- : Anthony (a name of a man) anther and perianth; or with -logy: biology, dermatology and hidrology.


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