the origin of the word 'History'

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the origin of the word 'History'

Post by Archived Topic » Mon Feb 01, 1999 12:00 am

I would like to know the origin of the word "History"

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the origin of the word 'History'

Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 02, 1999 8:00 am

From Latin historia, narrative of past events, account, tale, story, and Greek historia, a learning or knowing by inquiry, an account of one’s inquiries, narrative, history. The ultimate root lies in Greek histor, knowing, learned, wise man, judge
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