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76. Aphaeresis (ἀφᾳίρεσις taking away) is the elision of ε at the beginning of a word after a word ending in a long vowel or diphthong. This occurs only in poetry, and chiefly after μή not, or. Thus, μὴ ᾿ νταῦθα, ᾿ μέ, παρέξω ᾿ μαυτόν, αὐτὴ ᾿ ξῆλθεν. In some texts editors prefer to adopt crasis (62) or synizesis (60). α is rarely elided thus.

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