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Archaic Vocabulary Relating to Symbolic Hearths

Adrian Poruciuc


Published: 2020/12/01


Most generally, the present author’s focus is on the phenomenon of “prolonged continuity”, which manifests itself in the field of symbolic objects as well as in archaic vocabulary that was attached to such objects in days of yore. Along that line, this article represents an approach to the primeval sacredness of hearths and fireplaces, with which a series of common nouns (such as Latin ātrium, Avestan ātarš, Albanian vatër and Romanian vatră) and person-names (such as Greek Atreus and Latin Atrius) appear to have much to do.

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