Did ancient Greeks pronounce medial 'h'?

Peter Wise (pawise@ix.netcom.com)
Sat, 23 Nov 1996 22:49:03 -0800

Does anyone know if the speakers of ancient Greek pronounced the 'h' sound
in the middle of words-even if they did not indicate it orthographically?
(cf. BHQLEEM and GEENNA, etc.) It seems enigmatic to me that rough
breathings occur only on initial letters. Did Greek have a 'h' sound only
at the beginning of letters? Or are only the initial ones orthographically

Does anyone have any light to shed on this?

While I am at it, does anyone have any insight on the rationale behind the
development of smooth breathing marks?


Peter Wise