Learning about the Classics can enrich one’s life enormously. Indeed, for some, understanding Greek is a κτῆμα ἐς ἀεί, a “possession for eternity”. Interestingly, people tend to know more Ancient Greek than they think. Consider the following words:
ἄγγελος – angelos meaning ‘messenger’; angel, a metaphysical spirit.
ἀπό – apo meaning ‘away from’; apogee, farthest point from the Earth.
ἐΰ – eu meaning ‘well’; eugenics, science of well produced babies.
ζῷον – zóon meaning ‘animal’; zoology, biology of the animal kingdom.
ξένος – xenos meaning ‘foreigner’; xenophobia, the fear of foreigners.
οὐ – oe meaning ‘not’; utopia, an ideal and imaginary place.
παρά – para meaning ‘from / at / to’; parallel, lines beside each other.
πόλεμος – polemos meaning ‘war’; polemic, a warlike saying.
στέφανος – stephanos meaning ‘crown’; Stephen, common European name.
φίλος – philos meaning ‘friend’; philosophy, the study of wisdom.
χρυσός – krysos meaning ‘gold’; chrysanthemum, a golden flower.
See other: Ancient Greek You Know