Re: AGAMOS in 1 Cor. 7

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Oct 10 1997 - 09:29:20 EDT

At 10:03 PM -0500 10/9/97, David L. Moore wrote:
> Despite the alpha privative (or a privative) as a fairly well known
>construction, words must be defined by their usage. I am not aware of any
>instance of AGAMOS in a classical author in which it means anything but
>"never married." If anyone knows of one, I'd be glad to hear of it.

I'd want to check this by running a TLG search of classical usage, but I
should note that LSJ (the new one) says: "unmarried, single, whether
bachelor or widower, ANANDROS being used of the woman." Some examples are
cited, some of which, while not ruling out the possibility that the word
might there mean "never married," appear to mean exactly the same as
English "unmarried."

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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