Greek Name Activity

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Unfoliated, verso. Prolegomenon-scholion to Hesiod by Jonn Tzetze." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1450 - 1499. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/62aa43b5-b979-57fc-e040-e00a18064125
Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Unfoliated, verso. Prolegomenon-scholion to Hesiod by Jonn Tzetze.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1450 – 1499. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/
items/62aa43b5-b979-57fc-e040-e00a18064125
An online book on Greek art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Greek Art From Prehistoric to Classical: A Resource for Educators, by Michael Norris) contains a variety of exercises for students. One of them would make a good etymology game. Here are the instructions:

The Activity: Photocopy the following list of ancient Greek words, which are arranged in two columns on one sheet, and distribute two to each student. Ask the students to fold each of their two papers in half, then have them move the papers up and down (like a slide rule),matching together one word from each column to make up his or her own ancient Greek name. For instance, Perikles, the names of the famous Athenian statesman of the fifth century, is made up of the words peri (“around”) and kleos (“glory”), while the name of the philosopher Sokrates comes from the Greek words isos (“equal”) and kratos (“strength”).

Here are the two lists of words:

‘up’ = ana
‘out of’ = ek
‘before’ = pro
‘in’ = en
‘with’ = syn
‘down’ = kata
‘with’or ‘after’ = meta
‘beyond’ = hyper
‘upon’ = epi
‘beside’ = para
‘around’ = peri
‘under’ = hypo
‘lead’ = ago
‘best’ = aristos
‘virtue’ = arete
‘glad’ = asmenos
‘safe’ = asphales
‘firm,’ ‘sure’ = bebaios
‘help’ = boetheia
‘sweet’ = glykus
‘brave’ = andreios
‘terrible’ = deinos
‘mistress’ = despoina
‘race’ = genos
‘woman’ = gyne
‘mind,’ ‘judgment’ = gnome
‘people’ = demos
‘gift’ = doron
‘justice’ = dike
‘spear’ = dory
‘running’ = dromos
‘power’ = dynamis
‘peace’ = eirene
‘freedom’ = eleutheria
‘hope’ = elphis
‘knowledge,’ ‘understanding’ = episteme
‘love’ = eros
‘well’ = eu
‘youth’ = hebe
‘leader’ = hegemon
‘pleasure’ = hedone
‘sweet’ = hedys
‘custom’ = ethos
‘quiet’ = hesychaios
‘wonder’ = thauma
‘god,goddess’ = theos,thea
hippos = ‘horse’
isos = ‘equal’
katharos = ‘pure’
kalos = ‘beautiful,’ ‘good’
kardia = ‘heart’
kephale = ‘head’
soteria = ‘safety’
kosmos = ‘order,’ ‘adornment’
kleos = ‘glory’
kratos = ‘strength,might’
krites = ‘judge’
kleos = ‘glory’
kyrios = ‘lord’
lampros = ‘bright’
leon = ‘lion’
makarios = ‘blessed’
mache = ‘battle’
mega = ‘great’
mesos = ‘middle’
mater = ‘mother’
pater = ‘father’
myrios = ‘countless’
naus = ‘ship’
xenos = ‘stranger’
olbos = ‘wealth,’ ‘happiness’
pan = ‘all’
petra = ‘rock’
pistos = ‘faithful’
ploutos = ‘wealth’
pothos = ‘desire’
poly = ‘much,’ ‘many’
sophos = ‘wise’
sophia = ‘wisdom’
stephanos = ‘garland’
schole = ‘leisure’
soteria = ‘safety’
sophron = ‘prudent’
tauros = ‘bull’
tachy = ‘swift’
telos = ‘end’
tyche = ‘chance,’ ‘fate’
hygies = ‘healthy’
philos = ‘friend’
phone = ‘voice’
phos = ‘light’
charis = ‘favor’
psyche = ‘soul’
ophelia = ‘help’
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