Sunday, August 19, 2007
Empyroscopy and Empyromancy
By contrast, there are quite a few Google hits for empyromancy. Nicolaus Wecklein, in his commentary on Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound 496 ff., used the Greek word ἐμπυρομαντεία. This also does not appear in Liddell & Scott, although without the prefix ἔμ- the rare words πυρομαντεία (divination from fire) and πυρόμαντις (fire-diviner) do appear. The difference between empyromancy and pyromancy seems to be that the former requires a fire burning a sacrificial victim, whereas just a simple fire suffices for the latter.
There are many other English words derived from the Greek roots πῦρ (pyr = fire), σκοπιά (skopia = lookout, watch), and μαντεία (manteia = divination, prophecy).