help on inscription (fwd)

From: Joni L Crawford (
Date: Mon Sep 25 1995 - 23:20:44 EDT

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Thank you
David Crawford

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Date: Sat, 23 Sep 1995 18:28:57 -0400 (EDT)
From: Chesnutt, Randall D. <>
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Subject: help on inscription

Can someone help me? I am reading a Jewish funerary
inscription in Greek, the last line of which reads, I think,
"may her sleep be in peace." The Greek is
en irene e koimesis aues
(Each "e" here, except the first, is eta, not episilon; I don't
know how to do diacritical marks in e-mail.)

My question is this: Is the last word (aues) a shortened
form of autes (again, both have eta, not epsilon)? If so, is
this common? Autes is used earlier in the same inscription,
with the tau in place. Is aues a mistake? Or is there some
other simple explanation that I am overlooking?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Randy Chesnutt
Pepperdine University

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