Talk:ocean

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Etymology?[edit]

Is that really the etymology for "ocean"? I didn't think there was agreement as to what the etymology was (the etymology of the Greek word itself, not of the English term. We know the English term came from the Greek one, but where the Greek one comes from is the thing.).70.101.147.148 08:52, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

You're right - amended. Widsith 09:07, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

"ocean" in ancient greek[edit]

This entry asks that a translation for "ocean" into Ancient Greek be included. It carries the Category:Translation requests (Ancient Greek) template. How could there be a word for "ocean" in Ancient Greek when the world known to the Ancient Greeks didn't extend much past the Mediterranean? They have a word for sea, and it's "thalassa", and that's listed as a translation on that word's entry. But how could there be a word meaning "One of the five large bodies of water separating the continents" when neither the bodies of water nor the continents were known? Answer: there couldn't. So I guess the template should be removed. Lethe 19:45, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

The Ancient Greeks had a word for ocean, ὠκεανός. —Stephen 03:38, 3 December 2009 (UTC)