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Adler number: eta,4
Translated headword: I was
Vetting Status: high
Used for ἦν ["I was"] without the nu. "Just as I learned when I was a boy". [So says] Aristophanes in Birds.[1] Also in Lysistrata: "I was ten years old".[2] [Also] used for ἔα , [which becomes] by contraction.[3]
Greek Original:
Ἦ: χωρὶς τοῦ ν ἀντὶ τοῦ ἦν. ἀλλ' οἷάπερ αὐτὸς ἔμαθον ὅτε παῖς ἦ. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἔα. Ἀριστοφάνης Ὄρνισι. καὶ ἐν Λυσιστράτῃ: ἦ δεκέτις. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἔα, κατὰ συναίρεσιν ἦ.
[1] Aristophanes, Birds 1363 (web address 1), with scholion.
[2] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 643 (web address 2), with scholion.
[3] ἔα ("I was") is an Ionic form, used for example by Herodotus.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography
Translated by: Anne Mahoney on 4 December 1999@16:59:01.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified notes; added keyword; cosmetics) on 28 May 2001@08:45:26.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; another keyword) on 2 December 2012@08:01:53.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 11 December 2012@01:07:09.


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