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 2011

Science

July 28, 2011 ·

This is just truly outstanding.  He nails it:  the problem with "science" in the modern sense, and not just in the MSM sense.

"If scientists want to be considered in the same boat as the guys who think aliens built the pyramids, then fine, they should keep going the way they are going."

Tags: miscellany

Super Congress

July 24, 2011 ·

Yeah, turns out the nutters are probably correct.  "They" really are trying to take over in a very very real sense.

This. is. insane.

Tags: politics

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