is from the Etruscan word hister (a dancer), histriones (ballet-dancers). Hence, histrio in Latin means a stage-player, and our word histrionic, pertaining to the drama. History is quite another word, being the Greek historia, histor, a judge, allied to histamai, to know.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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