ἀντιρροπή -> counterpoise, counterbalance

stuludwig

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αντίρροπη (according to wiki) is a synonym for Contropostto; a style of sculpture, wherein the hips are tilted at an asymmetric angle.

my question is; as the ancient use of ροπη seems to be associated with weighing and the scales used, is this term evoking the asymmetric imbalanced look of weighing scales?
or could it be used to evoke this image if the etymological link is presented in this way?
or is the etymological link far to removed/wrong to do so.

an odd question i know, but thanks for any help you can offer.
« Last Edit: 22 Apr, 2015, 08:29:34 by billberg23 »


billberg23

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I honestly don't see that the image of the scale has to intervene here.  The basic meaning  of the noun ἀντιρροπή is simply "opposite (or counter-) inclination" (based on the verb ῥέπω, "incline") and can apply to any situation of shifting balance.



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thank you.
one more quick question on this word (though this would apply to modern usage i would imagine), during my research on it i'm pretty sure i saw it being used to mean madness.
i can no longer find the source of this, and am wondering if i made it up or not?

once again, thank you.


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Can't find any evidence for "madness" in connection with this word in either ancient or modern Greek.  The ancient and modern Greek adjective αντίρροπος can sometimes mean "contrary" or "countervailing," but that's a far cry from "madness."
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