[b-greek] Re: OLXADE?

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 07:46:00 EST

At 9:28 AM +0100 11/26/01, Wieland Willker wrote:
>I have received a request from someone who is studying the oracles of
>Nostradamus and he
>came across a Greek(?) word: OLXADE. It seems to mean some kind of ship.
>The context can
>be seen in the little image below:
>Does anybody knows what this word is?

I think this is simply a Gallicized (Frenchified? French-fried?) form of
the Greek noun hOLKAS (gen. hOLKADOS): merchant ship. Since the "Greek"
word is entered in upper-case Greek letters, there's no rough breathing,
and even so it wouldn't be pronounced in the French form anyhow.So, I
rather think this is simply a greek-character spelling of a Gallicized
form--holchade--of the Greek noun hOLKAS.

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