Re: Absolute (not Vodka)

From: Maurice Taraschi (
Date: Fri Sep 25 1998 - 21:04:15 EDT

clayton stirling bartholomew wrote:

> Cunliffe in his Homeric lexicon uses the term ABSOLUTE in manner that I cannot
> figure out. He applies the term to TO KRHGUON in Iliad A106.
> My best guess is that Cunliffe means that the adjective is being used as a
> substantive but I don't have much confidence in this guess. The only other
> places I see the term used are in reference to constructions with genitive and
> accusative participles. I cannot fit this usage together with Cunliffe's usage
> so I am confused.

It is actually much simpler than all that. Absolute = using an adjective without an
accompanying noun. This is common in both Latin and Greek. (And very often in
English as well.)

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