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Postby Bert » Fri Jul 04, 2003 10:22 pm

Pharr paragraph 660 reads;"Observe that there are no words used regularly in Homeric Greek with the meaning of the English article,...."<br />Is this because Homer writes poetry or is this the case also in prose of that time?<br />Thanks.
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Re:the Article

Postby annis » Fri Jul 04, 2003 10:50 pm

[quote author=Bert de Haan link=board=2;threadid=213;start=0#1054 date=1057357355]<br />Pharr paragraph 660 reads;"Observe that there are no words used regularly in Homeric Greek with the meaning of the English article,...."<br />Is this because Homer writes poetry or is this the case also in prose of that time?<br />[/quote]<br /><br />There isn't any prose of that time, so we don't know. Herodotus, the first producer of prose in a dialect similar to Homer's, comes 300-400 years after Homer, and there [face=SPIonic]o(, h(, to/[/face] have come to be the article ("the"). Even Homer does show some hints of this.<br /><br />All later Greek poetry accepted a strong Homeric influence in this regard (excepting the Lesbians, I think), and so tended to drop the article at will, where all prose used the article.<br />
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