Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: July 2010

Libertarian Reading List

July 22, 2010 ·

A list pulled from Liberty by Pileus, looks like a lot of good stuff I've never read.

  • Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
  • Rand, Atlas Shrugged
  • Mises, Human Action
  • Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom
  • Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty
  • Rand, The Fountainhead
  • Nozick, Anarchy State and Utopia
  • Mises, Socialism
  • David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom
  • Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine

I love that the list from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute includes CS Lewis and GK Chesterton:

  • CS Lewis, The Abolition of Man, selected as #2 (this one also makes it to #7 on the National Review list)
  • GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy, with this great explanation: "The master of paradox demonstrates that nothing is more 'original' and 'new' than Christian tradition." (this one also makes it to #31 on the National Review list)

The National Review list (linked above) has several other from Lewis and Chesterton as well.

Tags: politics

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