Talmid wrote:I thought to myself: "Well, I bet I'll never see these two words juxtaposed in Homer without an elision."
That's right. The only time the form á¼€Î³Î»Î±á½± occurs before a vowel is with á¼”ÏÎ³Î±, where digamma is in play.
What a curious word á¼€Î³Î»Î±á½¹Ï‚ is. It's used very often to describe offspring (Ï„á½³ÎºÎ½Î±, but á¼€Î³Î»Î±á½¸Ï‚ Ï…á¼±á½¹Ï‚ is frequent and favors line end); goods handed over, Î´á¿¶ÏÎ± rather more often than á¼„Ï€Î¿Î¹Î½Î±; after that it's a grab-bag: Hermes, works, heros, water, thigh-bones and, out of nowhere, a branch in Homeric Hymn 4 (to Hermes):
Î´á½±Ï†Î½Î·Ï‚ á¼€Î³Î»Î±á½¸Î½ á½„Î¶Î¿Î½ á¼‘Î»á½¼Î½ á¼Ï€á½³Î»ÎµÏˆÎµ ÏƒÎ¹Î´á½µÏá¿³
á¼„ÏÎ¼ÎµÎ½Î¿Î½ á¼Î½ Ï€Î±Î»á½±Î¼á¿ƒ, á¼„Î¼Ï€Î½Ï…Ï„Î¿ Î´á½² Î¸ÎµÏÎ¼á½¸Ï‚ á¼€Ï‹Ï„Î¼á½µÂ·
Actually, the word was popular with the Hermes poet: it occurs 10 times in that poem, against 12 other uses in all the remaining hymns.
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