Re: Greek questions, on- and off-topic

From: P. T. Rourke (
Date: Wed Jan 24 2001 - 10:39:27 EST

By "archaic text," I assume you mean when one wishes to represent the way
e.g. Pindar would have spelled (he would not have used the 24 letter
alphabet, anyway; a number of characters were added in the late 5th century,
the "classical" period that usually begins after the "archaic" period ends
in 480 bce). We should not confuse the issue: any modern critical edition
of a Greek text from 800 bce to 400 ce at least (and I think this would be
true of Byzantine Greek as well, bringing us well into the 15th century; but
I am not a Byzantinist) would be set in mixed case Greek, with the upper
case used only on the first letter of proper nouns and for titles. For an
example, see the Greek texts at ; these are
set according to modern practice.

Patrick Rourke

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <>
To: "Unicode List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2001 9:13 AM
Subject: Re: Greek questions, on- and off-topic

> Edward Cherlin wrote:
> > That leaves dialytika,
> The same (in every respect) as Latin diaeresis.
> > prosgegrammeni,
> A neologism (AFAIK) of the Unicode Standard: the small lowercase
> iota used in place of hypogegrammeni (iota subscript) in titlecase
> text. (In archaic text, which is all-uppercase by nature, an
> ordinary capital iota is used instead.)
> > vrachy, and macron
> Used in teaching contexts to represent the marks for short and long
> vowels respectively (that is, on alpha, iota, and ypsilon).
> --
> There is / one art || John Cowan <>
> no more / no less ||
> to do / all things ||
> with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.2 : Tue Jul 10 2001 - 17:21:18 EDT