Re: Greek Prosgegrammeni

From: James Kass (
Date: Tue Nov 07 2000 - 17:28:06 EST

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Quoting from Daniels and Bright's THE WORLD'S WRITING SYSTEMS
Section 22: The Greek Alphabet by Leslie Threatte,

"...when the initial letter of a dipthong containing the iota subscript
is a capital, it forces the writing of the iota as adscript, and the
diacritial marks must go to the left of the initial capital, not over
the iota adscript, e.g. Ἃιδες haídēs [háːjdeːs] ‘Hades’. Text
entirely in capitals never contains any diacritical marks in either
ancient or modern Greek, e.g. ΕΓΕΝΕΤΟ egéneto [eɡéneto]
‘it became’. "

("diacritial" is not my typo...)

So, ᾋδες should display similar to Ἃιδες and not ᾋδες.

Does anyone know why the iota subscript has been used
with the capital vowels on the charts?

Best regards,

James Kass.

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