Zur Etymologie von gr. μόθος

  title={Zur Etymologie von gr. μόθος},
  author={Xian Ruobing},
Abstract The Greek word μόθος (‘tumult, battle’) is attested since Homer. No acceptable etymology for this word is to be found in the recent Greek etymological dictionaries. On the basis of Narten’s (1960) work, I argue in this article that the Greek word μόθος goes back to the Indo-European verbal root found in Vedic math- ‘rob, snatch’, which can be reconstructed as *meth2-. My interpretation subsequently challenges Narten’s suggestion that the Greek name Prometheus originally meant ‘robber’.