curious form in Philo

From: Jim Oxford (
Date: Fri Feb 07 1997 - 12:55:10 EST

I find myself in a state of being "morphologically challenged." Perhaps
Carl or another classicist could help me with what I consider to be a
curious form in Philo. In his Allegorical Interpretation of the Sacred
Laws 1.12.39, Philo employs the form EPSUCHWTAI (from PSUCHOW). Is this
form a perfect? How does one account for the lengthening of the omicron to
omega before the -TAI ending?

Jim Oxford
Ph D candidate in religion
Baylor University

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