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[392] ἠγερέθοντο (compare “ἠγερέθονται Il.3. 231; “ἠγερέθεσθαι Il.10. 127) is related to “ἀγείροντο” as “ἠερέθονται” to “ἀείρονται”. The suffix “θ” is called by Curtius a root determinative. It seems to give continuance to the action of the verb, compare “φθίνω” and “φθινίθω, φλέγω” and “φλεγέθω, νέμω” and “νεμέθω”. The same element appears in the “-αθ” of “διωκ-αθ-εῖν, εἰκ-αθ-εῖν”. The steps of formation are these, “ἀγερ-έ-θω”, in which compound “ἀγερ” is the stem (for “ἀγείρω” is equivalent to ἀγερ-j-ω), “ε” is the connecting vowel, and “θω” the new termination. The lengthening of the initial “α” to “η” appears in such words as “ἠνεμόεις”.

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