From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Fri Apr 13 2001 - 20:55:55 EDT

At 9:46 PM +0000 4/13/01, Mark Wilson wrote:
>You responded to this:
>>There is no "again" in ANASTASIS. The preposition ANA
>>means UP or UPWARD. Combined with hISTHMI (STASIS),
>>which denotes "cause to stand," you have "caused to
>>stand upright," hence "to be resurrected." The
>>infinitive completes DEI.
>By saying:
>>The ANA in question is not a preposition but a prefix in a composite verb.
>>From what source are you getting this information? All my sources confirm
>that ANA is a preposition used in this compound verb (and it is identified
>as a preposition).

Mark, I think that part of your problem is semantic--whether a verbal
prefix is a preposition when used as a verbal prefix. I think that
technically it is an adverb that has become attached to a verb as in the
so-called "separable-prefix verbs" in German (inf. HERAUSZUGEHEN, 1st sg.
pres. ICH GEHE HERAUS). These adverbs came to be prepositions when they
were used with case-endings of substantives to clarify the particular usage
of those case-endings. ANA then is an adverbial prefix when used with a
verb like ANISTAMAI but a preposition when used with a pronoun or noun or
other substantive with the right case-ending.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
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