Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Tue May 1 17:51:17 UTC 2007

Baker, John wrote:
>         In a review of The Hellenistic Age, by Peter Green, in The Wall
> Street Journal today, Peter Stothard asserts that the word Hellenistic
> itself came from the French name for the Septuagint.  I was a bit
> surprised by this, having always supposed that the word had something to
> do with the Hellenes (from Hellen, the mythical ancestor of the Greeks).
> Is there any basis at all for Stothard's assertion, or is it just
> another Wall Street Journalism?

Nope. Scholarly treatments of the Septuagint in French refer to it as la
septante: <http://orthodoxie.club.fr/ecrits/70/indexx.htm>,

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