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Dr. Robert Griffin
Dr. Philip Egan
Etymology is a branch of linguistics in which the origin of a word can be traced through its transmission from one language to another, generally by its cognates in an ancestral language. While it is widely known that the Greek and Latin tongues have contributed many words to the English language, through etymological study it is also clear that there are hundreds of words in our vocabulary derived specifically from myths of gods and heroes like the one above. The weaver's tale, found in both Greek and Roman texts, illustrates just how a word might come into the English language from ancient mythology.
Wallis, Elizabeth L., "An Etymological Dictionary of Classical Mythology" (1997). Honors Theses. 2131.
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