Re: hilosthrion and eleos

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Mar 14 1997 - 16:10:33 EST

At 3:24 PM -0600 3/14/97, wrote:
>What is the relation between these two terms. I see what looks to be a
>semantic connection. Mercy and mercy seat...more than a coincidence.
>Is there a connection between hilos- and eleos.

Not in the Greek there isn't. The adjective is hILASTHRIOS, meaning
"propitiatory," used in the neuter, apparently to govern an implicit noun
EPIQEMA. The noun ELEOS/ELEES- means "mercy, compassion." There's no
relationship between a root hILA- and a root )ELE- beyond the purely
accidental fact that there's a lambda between vowels in each.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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