Αἰθιοπία

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An -ία (-ía) derivation of Αἰθίοψ (Aithíops), literally "one with a burnt face", i.e. "black person".

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /ai̯.tʰi.o.pí.aː/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ɛ.tʰi.oˈpi.a/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ɛ.θi.oˈpi.a/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /e.θi.oˈpi.a/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /e.θi.oˈpi.a/
  • Proper noun[edit]

    Αἰθιοπίᾱ (Aithiopíāf (genitive Αἰθιοπίᾱς); first declension

    1. Ethiopia

    Usage notes[edit]

    Herodotus' Αἰθιοπία is the "land of black people", corresponding to the known parts of Africa east of the Nile, i.e. the Horn of Africa and eastern Sudan. In the Septuagint, Αἰθιοπία translates Biblical Hebrew כּוּשׁ (kûš), the Biblical term for "black Africa".

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