previous next


Final vowels that are superfluous to the meter are elided before words beginning with a vowel, in the following instances, and the elision is marked by an apostrophe:

1. -α^, -ε, -ο, of the various parts of speech. E. g. A 2, “μυ_ρἴ”(“α”), “ἄλγἐ”(“α”) (= Attic “ἄλγη”). A 23, “θ᾽”=“τε”. A 32, “μ̓”(“ε”). A 33, “ἔφατ᾽”(“ο”). A 52, “βάλλ̓”(“ε”) = “ἔβαλλε”.

2. -ι^. E. G. B 132, “εἰῶς᾿”(“ι”). Except the final “-ι” of “περί, τί” and its compunds: τ᾽ stands for τε, never for “ τι”. E. g. A 244, “ τ᾽”(“ε”). Cf. § 123.7.

3. -αι of various verb endings. E. g. A 117, “βούλοὐ”(“αι”). A 546, “ἔσοντ᾽”(“αι”). B 137, “ἥατ᾽”(“αι”).

4. -οι of the dative singular of personal pronouns. E. g. A 170, “ς᾿”(“οι”). Perhaps 3.235, “καί τ᾽”(“οι”). I 673, “μ̓”(“οι”). The context proves that the dative of the pronoun is intended in the first and third examples.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide References (1 total)
  • Commentary references from this page (1):
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: