Greek names from "The Oedipus Cycle"

Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 02:09 pm
I just read the book "The Oedipus Cycle" ... and I am wondering,
If the name Oedipus means "wounded foot", who knows what the names Ismene, Iocaste, & Antigone mean?
I thought they were lovely names and would like to know what I might consider naming my future kids. Smile
Haha, no I'm kidding, lol, but Ismene, I wouldn't mind using.. What, it's pretty! And If you change the last E to an A and make it Ismena, the word would mean "Change" in Russian. I think that sounds powerful. I like it. =]

But anyways.. who knows what they mean in Greek?

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Borat Sister
Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 04:13 pm
Ismene: Possibly from Greek ισμη (isme) "knowledge".

I/Jocasta: Latinized form of Greek Ιοκαστη (Iokaste), which is of unknown meaning.

Antigone: Means "against birth" from Greek αντι (anti) "against" and γονη (gone) "birth".

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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 01:41 am
@Borat Sister,
Wow. Thanks! That's strange how there is no known meaning for the name Iocaste! And what kind of name is "against birth?" Hmm. But I definitely love the name Ismene now. Thank you again.
Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 02:02 am
You are very welcome.

(Borat Sister was my name when I couldn't get in here under my normal A2k name.)
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High Seas
Reply Thu 16 Sep, 2010 01:50 pm
loveislikearose3 wrote:
..... And what kind of name is "against birth?" Hmm. ...

It's not a name at all - whoever translated if for you can't have looked it up in an ancient Greek dictionary. Here's the meaning of Antigone:
ἀντι-γόνιον: βοτάνη, καὶ ἄνθος,

The first possible translation, βοτάνη, means "plant" (as in botanical, same word), the second, ἄνθος, means "flower".

Dictionary used: Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon
High Seas
Reply Fri 17 Sep, 2010 04:56 am
@High Seas,
P.S. this is a direct link to the dictionary from the same website: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.04.0058

I can find no direct translation for: Ἰοκάστη (Jocasta) but "Ἰο" definitely means "arrow" and the second part of the word, " -κάστη" is probably related to this entry:
Κασταλία 1
the famous spring of the Muses on Mt. Parnassus, Hdt., Soph., etc.
Prob. akin to καθαρός, Lat. castus.

1 *kastali/a

Note: "καθαρός" means "clean" so probably (though very tentatively) the name Jocasta means something like "straight arrow"
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