Re: "No Man" in the Odyssey

Carl W. Conrad (
Tue, 14 Jan 1997 17:08:17 -0600

At 2:53 PM -0600 1/14/97, Randy Leedy wrote:
>Unrelated to biblical Greek, and therefore brief: my brother-in-law
>wants to know what Greek expression is used for "No Man" when
>Odysseus responds thus to the Cyclops's inquiry about his name.
>Somehow I doubt that OUDEIS would be appropriate here, especially
>since later that "name" is taken to imply that Polyphemus's wound was
>inflicted by a god. And OUK ANQRWPOS hardly sounds like a name. On
>top of all this, I suspect that neither of those expressions is even
>Homeric in form.

The form in the Odyssey is OU)/ TIS.

Carl W. Conrad
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