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Headword: *ke/atai
Adler number: kappa,1214
Translated headword: they lie, they lie down
Vetting Status: high
[ke/atai is the same as] kei=ntai.
Greek Original:
*ke/atai: kei=ntai.
The epic third person plural of kei=mai (perfect with present sense) is glossed with its Attic counterpart. Same entry already in Hesychius (kappa1958) and in a scholion on Homer, Iliad 11.659, where the headword occurs (web address 1). The Etymologicum Gudianum (p. 309) discusses this form, calling it an Ionic present tense (there are further instances in Herodotus). The alpha comes from a dialectal treatment of vocalic n; see Smyth ยง791D (web address 2).
Besides 11.659 (above), the form ke/atai occurs also in Iliad 11.826, 16.24, 19.203. For other forms of this verb, see kappa 1473, kappa 1474.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 10 October 2008@05:54:23.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (tweaks, cross-references, status) on 12 October 2008@02:13:00.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 October 2008@03:59:28.
Catharine Roth (modified note after discussion with NN, added link) on 13 October 2008@01:20:52.
David Whitehead on 13 February 2013@03:53:24.
Catharine Roth (expanded note, added a link) on 22 July 2019@00:34:43.


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