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what does the cover say?

Postby gigas phoberos » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:43 pm

on the cover of An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek there is a round-thingy, and I can make out the name Themistoles scratched in, but what does the rest say?

http://www.amazon.com/Independent-Study ... 324&sr=1-4

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Re: what does the cover say?

Postby IreneY » Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:08 pm

Hey there! Well, my neck works fine I guess :D
It says "ΘΕΜΙΣΤΟΚΛΗΣ ΝΕΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ" (Θεμιστοκλής Νεοκλέους, Themistocles Neocleous). It looks like it's on a piece of pottery used for ostracism.
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Re: what does the cover say?

Postby modus.irrealis » Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:56 am

The archaic spelling is interesting. Since you have Ε representing later Η in ΘΕΜΙΣΤΟΚΛΕΕΣ, I'm guessing it's quite old. But does the -ΟΣ of ΝΕΟΚΛΕΟΣ represent later -ους or -ος? With the lack of contraction in the first word, it seems similar to the form in Herodotus: Θεμιστοκλέης ὁ Νεοκλέος.
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