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Noir parfait. Un jeu de mots de l'égyptien au grec

Abstract : The obscure expression “absolute black” (teleion melan), which occurs in three different sources (korè kosmou, 32, P.G.M. VII, 492 and Michigan University Ms. 136), has given rise to many tentative interpretations, remaining incomplete. To explain it, one has to consider a word-play between the Greek and the Egyptian languages. It has already been demonstrated that the teachings of Hermes include elements of egyptian origin, especially certain conceptions and representations in the Corpus hermeticum, which can be put in relation with some egyptian mythological and religious schemes. The particular interest of the fact presented here resides in its being more concretely textual, a characteristic giving evidence for a case of elaborate linguistic contact between Greek and Egyptian in the milieu where birth and growth of hermetism take place.
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Elsa Oréal. Noir parfait. Un jeu de mots de l'égyptien au grec. Revue des Etudes Grecques, [Paris]: [Association pour l'encouragement des études grecques en France], 1998, 111, pp.551-565. ⟨10.3406/reg.1998.4339⟩. ⟨halshs-00329290⟩



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