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Headword: Νὴ τήν
Adler number: nu,348
Translated headword: by the ...
Vetting Status: high
[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.
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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