Friday 14 February 2014

Non-standard or non-Classical forms in the Greek Res Gestae Divi Augusti

Section 1, line 13 has ε[ἴλ]ατ[ο] rather than the Classical form εἴλετο. The aor.1 form of the simple verb is first attested in the Septuagint and Diodorus Siculus (then Philo, the New Testament, etc.).

Cf. Phrynichus, Eclogae 154:   
Ἀφείλατο· ὅσοι διὰ τοῦ α λέγουσιν, ἀσχημονοῦσιν, δέον διὰ τοῦ ε λέγειν ἀφείλετο· καὶ ἀφειλόμην δεῖ λέγειν διὰ τοῦ ο, ἀλλὰ μὴ διὰ τοῦ α.

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