μάγος

Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Μάγος (Magos), from indeterminate Old Iranian language origin (see Μάγος for details).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

μάγος (magosm, μάγος f, μάγον n; second declension

  1. magical

InflectionEdit

NounEdit

μάγος (magos) (genitive μάγου) m, second declension

  1. (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan
  2. (special usage) a Zoroastrian priest
Note: the two meanings overlap in classical usage— both derive from the Greco-Roman identification of "Zoroaster" as the "inventor" of astrology and magic. The first meaning ('magician') derives from the sense of "practitioner of the Zoroaster's craft", and the second meaning ('priest') from the sense of "practitioner of Zoroaster's religion".

InflectionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • LSJ
  • Bauer lexicon
  • Joseph Bidez and Franz Cumont, Les Mages hellénises I, Paris, 1973.

GreekEdit

NounEdit

μάγος (mágosm (plural μάγοι, feminine μάγισσα)

  1. magician
  2. wizard, sorcerer

DeclensionEdit

Related termsEdit

  • μαγεία f (mageía, magic)
  • μαγεύω (magévo, cast a spell, bewitch)
  • μαγικά (magiká, magically)
  • μάγια f (mágia, ferment, yeast)
Last modified on 29 March 2014, at 22:39