Αρχω / καταρχω

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Constantinus Philo
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Αρχω / καταρχω

Post by Constantinus Philo » Wed May 15, 2019 5:33 pm

According to the lexicons they both may mean to begin, my feeling is however that καταρχω is more emphatic, like to begin from the very beginning

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Re: Αρχω / καταρχω

Post by Barry Hofstetter » Wed May 15, 2019 7:29 pm

Well, that is a very good place to start... :)

They appear to me to be close synonyms, but I don't think it's that sort of emphasis, rather to a native speaker the word would sound better or fit better in some contexts than others. For example, LSJ notes "2. in religious sense, begin the sacrificial ceremonies..." a usage which the simplex ἄρχω doesn't seem to share.
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