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Headache and dizziness (1)

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11 Language, communication, libraries and education




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A Greek word for headache and dizziness, attested since Aristotelian Problems is karos, which has no Greek etymology. The word has a quite simple sequence of phonemes, but in Akkadian k├óru means “to be dizzy,” and in Aramaic karah, “to be ill”. One can imagine that the term came to the Greeks with the eastern banqueting fashions, especially the introduction of couches on which to recline (klinai) in place of chairs, which is distinctive of the Greek symposium since the end of the seventh century.


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Burkert 1992, 79Burkert, Walter. The Orientalizing Revolution. Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Period. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press 1992.

Amar Annus


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