A Conversation for The Greek Myth of Heracles
Researcher 222738 Started conversation Mar 25, 2003
Does anybody know the root of "Milky Way"?
Could it possibly have its origin in this myth as accounted above? It's conceivable (in my admittedly warped mind at least) that "Milky Way" could be a relatively modern corruption of "Milky Whey".
Of course I am ignoring that the original fable would have been in ancient greek, but I'd be fascinated to know the answer.
Zarquon's Singing Fish! Posted Mar 25, 2003
NAITA (Join ViTAL - A1014625) Posted Mar 26, 2003
The name may have come before the legend. Who knows what ancient man though of the sky before he started writing things down or created legends for it? Did they actually bother with a name for the Milky Way until they put it in legend?
But your case for 'milky whey' would need some seriously hard proof. Dictionaries give the etymology as: Middle English, translation of Latin 'via lactea' : 'via', way + 'lactea', feminine of 'lacteus', milky.
The ancient greeks called it galaxias, which turned into 'our' Galaxy. (And the dictionary says galactic can mean, relating to the galaxy, something huge, or something to do with milk.)
Researcher 222738 Posted Mar 26, 2003
Thanks for the insight. Much appreciated.
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