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    Question Questions for the word 'Kathedra'

    Dear Teacher,
    I have read a sentence:
    I remained Deputy Dean of the English Department for a while and at the same time Head of the English Research Room, this term being a translation of the Russian Kathedra
    I have some questions for the word Kathedra in this sentence:
    ① Does it mean 'Seat' or sb.'s name or a term?
    ② Is it Greek(language) or Russian?
    Help me to explain in detail. Thanks!

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    Re: Questions for the word 'Kathedra'

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghoujun View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    I have read a sentence:
    I remained Deputy Dean of the English Department for a while and at the same time Head of the English Research Room, this term being a translation of the Russian Kathedra
    I have some questions for the word Kathedra in this sentence:
    ① Does it mean 'Seat' or sb.'s name or a term?
    ② Is it Greek(language) or Russian?
    Help me to explain in detail. Thanks!
    Yes, seat, but by extension everything to do with that seat - just like a Philosophy Professor holding 'the Chair of Philosophy'. It's where the word "cathedral" comes from; and, not entirely by chance, a bishop's area of jurisdiction is called a "See"; in fact, the Portuguese for cathedral is . A cathedral is the church where a bishop's seat is.

    And it's certainly Greek, but probably Russian too.

    b

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    Re: Questions for the word 'Kathedra'

    In Poland at universities we also have units of the Departments called Kathedrals.

    Yes, it means then a team of people who work at the university in one specific area.

    Another meaning of the word "katedra" is a tribune (furniture) from which speeches are given (also lectures).
    Last edited by ladybird987; 25-Aug-2008 at 21:19.

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    Re: Questions for the word 'Kathedra'

    Dear Teachers BobK & ladybird987,
    Thank you very much for your good explanations.
    Best wishes.

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