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Headword: Νὴ τήν
Adler number: nu,348
Translated headword: by the ...
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[νὴ τήν means the same as] μὰ τήν .
[The expression is] elliptical, like μὰ τόν and μὰ τάς .[1]
Greek Original:
Νὴ τήν: μὰ τήν. ἐλλειπτικόν, κατὰ τὸ μὰ τὸν καὶ μὰ τάς.
Notes:
The difference between headword and gloss is simply the difference between the initial νή and μά
The name of the goddess (as in this instance: the article is feminine) or god was sometimes omitted in such oaths, out of scrupulousness or indecision: Smyth section 1596c (web address 1). For the particle νή see nu 349, nu 350; for μά see mu 1, mu 12, mu 31.
[1] A marginal addition in ms M, adding instances in the masculine singular and feminine plural.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 3 December 2003@00:11:40.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 3 December 2003@02:57:01.
David Whitehead (expanded notes; tweaking) on 9 June 2013@06:25:35.
Catharine Roth (fixed link) on 16 June 2013@01:01:43.

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