[b-greek] Participle/Finite Verb constituent order (again!)

From: clayton stirling bartholomew (c.s.bartholomew@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Wed Jul 19 2000 - 17:04:12 EDT

The old question about Participle/Finite Verb constituent order came up
again yesterday in a private exchange.

Anyway, I was just now taking a look at Homer's Iliad book 1 line 311 and


I was wondering if someone would like to explain the connection between word
order and temporal relationships here. It seems that AGWN could be either
prior to hEISEN, or it could be a general idea which takes into view the
whole event or AGWN may be an action which transpires after hEISEN.

The fact that AGWN is not an aorist puts it outside the normal discussions
of this matter, which usually focus on the aorist participle and the finite

I have no theory to promote. I just saw this and was thinking that it might
generate some discussion. I generally look for examples which put strain on
the currently popular ways of thinking about things. I am not sure this
example does that, but someone who has read Homer might be able to clarify
this for all of us.

Thanks, Clay

Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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