[b-greek] Re: OLXADE?

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 09:07:30 EST

No, certainly not for 18th-century print format! I think that "L" is just
another indication that this is a representation in French of what is a
Greek word--the typesetter may not have even known what he was doing.

At 9:53 AM -0400 11/26/01, Brent Hudson wrote:
>Is there a Greek dialect where the lambda looks like its Roman counterpart
>or this just a typo in the book?
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Carl W. Conrad [mailto:cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu]
>Sent: November 26, 2001 8:46 AM
>To: Biblical Greek
>Cc: Biblical Greek
>Subject: [b-greek] Re: OLXADE?
>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
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