Presentation on theme: "Etymology of the days of the week"— Presentation transcript:
1Etymology of the days of the week The names of the seven days of the week originated in Babylon, referring to the Sun, the Moon and the Gods of five planets . In the very ancient cultures the days of the week were five or ten , in fact the subdivision of the week in seven days was adapted by the Greeks and Romans and, starting from the IV century, even by the Germanic peoples. Most of the languages of Latin origin have taken the names of the days through Greek and Latin language .
2Day of the Moon Lunedì Monday Dies lunae“Lunedì” is the first day of the week and it derives from the Latin ”Dies Lunae ”which means Day of the Moon.Montag Monday derives from the German “ Montag” which means Day of the Moon too.
3Day of Mars Martedì Tuesday Dienstag Tuesday derives from the German“Diestang”,which means Day ofMars too.MartedìDies Martis“Martedì” is the second day of the week and it derives from Latin ”Dies Martis”,which means Day of Mars.Day of Mars
4Day of Mercury Mercoledì Dies Mercurii Wednesday Mittwoch “Mercoledì” is the third day of the week and it derives from the latin “dies Mercurii”which means Day of Mercury.WednesdayMittwochWednesday is derived from Wodan, a pagan god that the early church tried to eliminate.Day of Mercury
5Day of Jupiter Giovedì Dies Iovis Thursday Donnerstag “Giovedì” is the fourth day of the week and it derives from the latin”Dies Iovis”,which means Day of Jupiter.ThursdayDonnerstagThursday derives from the name of the god of thunders Thor.Day of Jupiter
6Day of Venus Friday Venerdì Freitag Dies Veneris Friday derives from the name of the German goddess Frija ,wife of Wodan.VenerdìDies Veneris“ Venerdì” is the fifth day of the week and it derives from the Latin”Dies Veneris” which means Day of Venus.Day of Venus
7Day of Saturn Sabato Saturday Dies Saturni Samstag “ Sabato” is the sixth day of the week and it derives from the word”sabbat” which means day off.SaturdaySamstagSamstag derives from the Old High German “sambaztac” deriving from the Jewish feast of “shabbath”.Day of Saturn
8Day of the Sun Domenica Sunday Dies Solis Sonntag “Domenica” is the seventh day of the week.It means”Day of God” from Latin Dominus, that is Lord.SundaySonntagThe meaning "day of God" has gradually replaced the meaning "Day of the Sun“.Day of the Sun
9….. Enjoy your week II A Liceo Scientifico B. Chierchia A. Saggese D. Storzillo