[b-greek] Re: Varieties of the Aorist

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Thu Nov 01 2001 - 13:37:30 EST

At 8:55 AM -0800 11/1/01, Dale M. Wheeler wrote:
>Carl Conrad wrote:
>>It seems to me that IF we can teach students even now that that "aorist
>>active" comes in three varieties represented by EPAIDEUSA, ELABON, and
>>EGNWN, we ought to be able to teach them some day that "subject-focus"
>>comes in two varieties represented by APOKRINOMAI/APEKRINAMHN and
>>APEKRIQHN--and that for almost all of the verbs in the GNT we'll only see
>>one or the other of those alternative varieties in the aorist.
>Doesn't the Aorist come in four varieties...added to the above, KATABH,
>with its "passive" endings?

I'm not sure what you're referring to by this, Dale. If you mean the aorist
KATEBHN with unagumented stem form KATABA/KATABH, that's really the same
type as EGNWN; most of those athematic aorists take the form
-HN/HS/H/hMEN/HTE/HSAN (older 3d pl. EN). One might want to toss in the -KA
aorists (EQHKA, EDWKA, etc.) but THOSE are forms one must learn anyway.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
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