klewlis wrote:The only context in which I've heard that phrase is in early Christian writings and such (and even current liturgies). I don't know whether it predates that or not... though it would seem odd to have polytheistic Greek armies praying to a single "lord" (unless they meant the god of war).
Refering one's god as "lord(kyrios)" could be a later usage. I think that it was at first used for the master of a slave, or a person in high social position, kings, etc. Divine beings are thought as "higher" than any person, thus the usage.
I also had trouble looking for the morphological analysis in perseus. I trailed down to leizomai(to capture) since I heard that it was used for a triumphant general, but could not find a suitable form for such a use. The roman spelling was misleading, indeed.