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Eur. Med. 1143 ἑσπόμην aor. of ἕπομαι where is the σ from?

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Eur. Med. 1143 ἑσπόμην aor. of ἕπομαι where is the σ from?

Postby ἑκηβόλος » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:10 am

In the aorist form ἑσπόμην from ἕπομαι "I am following", where is the sigma from?
Is the aorist of this verb suppletive?

The question arises while reading:
Eur.Med. 1142 - 1143 wrote:ἐγὼ δὲ καὐτὸς ἡδονῆς ὕπο
στέγας γυναικῶν σὺν τέκνοις ἅμ᾽ ἑσπόμην.
"I've a balm for bruised hearts, brother, sleep for aching eyes,"
Says the warm wind, the west wind, full of birds' cries.
(John Masefield)
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Re: Eur. Med. 1143 ἑσπόμην aor. of ἕπομαι where is the σ fro

Postby Hylander » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:00 pm

*σεπ-ομαι > ἕπ-ομαι, cf. Lat. sequor (-π- in ἕπομαι is the reflex of earlier labiovelar -qu-)

The aor. stem is zero grade σπ- ; the rough breathing may be due to analogy with the present, or else reduplication, *σε-σπ-ομην > ἑσπόμην.
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