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Headword: *ba/gion
Adler number: beta,14
Translated headword: bagion
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning something] great.
Greek Original:
*ba/gion: me/ga.
= Cyril, Photius beta14, Hesychius beta25, [Zonaras] 375.9. The headword is unattested elsewhere. It is glossed as neuter nominative/accusative singular (rather than masculine accusative).
The word may derive from a root that shows up in terms for 'god' in Old Persian (baga-; cf. Russian bog), seen perhaps in the Persian proper name Bagaios (beta 12, pi 116, and cf. a man of the same name in the family of Pharnaces, Persian satrap of the Hellespont -- Plutarch, Alcibiades 39 -- though some mss read Magaios rather than Bagaios). According to Hesychius beta22, *bagai=os was also the Phrygian name for Zeus, and the text of that entry also includes the glosses 'great, mighty, swift'; however, Latte brackets these glosses as belonging properly to an entry on balaio/n (beta132). Another possibility for our headword is that it is an adjectival derivative from ba/gos which Hesychius epsilon26 defines as a Lakonian term for king and general, but both Latte and Chantraine believe this is a mistake on the lexicographer's part (see also Chantraine's skeptical comments on the possible relation between this term and the Iranian baga-). Finally, perhaps the likeliest possibility is that the entry is corrupt. Latte suggests that the headword is a misspelling (influenced by Late Greek pronunciation?) of bai+o/n ('measuring stick') and that the gloss originally was me/ga ba/ktron ('big staff').
Haas, O. 1966. Die phrygischen Sprachdenkmäler. Sofia.
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; religion
Translated by: John Arnold on 30 June 2000@18:06:33.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (headword translation and note) on 9 April 2002@00:50:50.
David Whitehead (modified and expanded note; added keyword; cosmetics) on 14 June 2002@09:24:51.
Catharine Roth (cosmetic) on 15 June 2002@00:47:31.
Robert Dyer (Added paragraph on Hesychius and Indo-European etymology, and changed definition in consequence. Added keywords) on 15 June 2002@06:02:50.
William Hutton (modified note) on 19 February 2008@09:14:09.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 20 February 2008@02:00:29.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 14 September 2015@06:35:44.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 15 January 2016@01:04:44.


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