Varro's etymologies could be only a priori guesses, but he was well aware of their character, and very clearly states at the outset of the fifth book the hindrances that barred the way to sound knowledge.
The suggested etymologies of the name (see O.
Other suggested etymologies are: (i) from the Sabine town Cures; (2) from curia, i.e.
His etymologies are of course sometimes very wild: e.g.
Against these very natural etymologies the philologists support a theory that Prometheus is really a Greek form of pramantha (Skt.), the fire-stick of the Hindus.
Several etymologies have been proposed: e.g.
I), was supported by the etymologies and other data supplied by the early chapters of Genesis.
Bochart was a man of profound erudition; he possessed a thorough knowledge of the principal Oriental languages, including Hebrew, Syriac, Chaldaic and Arabic; and at an advanced age he wished to learn Ethiopic. He was so absorbed in his favourite study, that he saw Phoenician and nothing but Phoenician in everything, even in Celtic words, and hence the number of chimerical etymologies which swarm in his works.