A Lunar People: The Meaning of an Arcadian Epithet, or, Who is the Most Ancient of Them All?

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Abstract

A brief scholion allusion to a "Selenite"community in Arcadia raises a question concerning this epithet and its meaning on the background of similar expressions denoting extreme antiquity. The better known term associated with the Arcadians is Proselanoi, namely, pre-lunar, people who preceded the moon. This term is examined through several options of understanding. At the core of this analysis stands the Classical tendency to highly appreciate early periods of time and early peoples. This opens up a discussion of autochthony and the concept of extreme antiquity, particularly associated with Arcadia. The result is an etymologically based mythographic study centred on the Arcadians' existence in relation to the first appearance of the moon. The conclusion offers a new interpretation of a neglected term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-147
Number of pages15
JournalPhilologus
Volume164
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Arcadia
  • Arcadians
  • autochthony

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Classics
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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