Sunday, November 28, 2004

whee!

i have found my new favorite type of greek genitive, courtesy of m.l. west. it is in hesiod, theogony 5-6.

καί τε λοεσσάμεναι τέρενα χρόα Περμησσοῖο (5)
ἠ’ Ἵππου κρήνης ἠ’ Ὀλμειοῦ ζαθέοιο

you know what that's called? prof. west tells us: the 'genitive of water in (from)which one washes'. two further examples he cites are il.5.6 and 6.508.

UPDATE: by the way, i'm having a hard time getting the greek font to work. oops.

1 comment:

dennis said...

The Greek looks fine here. Just make sure the browser you're using is set to UTF-8 character encoding and uses a Unicode font as its default.

When I read that line and looked over some examples of the verb with similar genitives I assumed ellipsis of ὕδασι or something similar (instrumental dative). I think the verb implies cleaning with water as opposed to cleaning with anything else.

cf. Odyssey 6.216: λοῦσθαι ποταμοῖο ῥοῇσι