rough breathing

Decker, Rodney rdecker at
Mon Jan 28 15:46:51 EST 2002

An analytical?! That's the old 1852 work by Wigram. I doubt that it will
serve to support an argument that this was common practice as late as 1967!
But yes, it does use a most curious set of markings on words beginning with
ARR-, some of which have *3* breathing marks and an accent. I'd never
noticed it in the analytical (but then I seldom use it), and I've never seen
it anywhere else. The pre-1968 L&S (9th ed.) did not do this, nor did the
even earlier 8th ed. (1897). Does anyone have any historical info that would
explain this odd orthography?

Rodney J. Decker, Th.D.
Associate Prof/NT, Baptist Bible Seminary
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Haggett [mailto:michaelhaggett at]
> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 3:06 PM
> To: Biblical Greek
> Subject: [b-greek] Re: rough breathing

> It's an analytical lexicon that I picked up in a second hand
> bookshop.  Unfortunately the front page was cut out, so I can
> only offer limited information.
> It's called "The Analytical Greek Lexicon", the publisher is S.
> Bagster and Sons, London, and it is the 1967 reprint of an
> earlier edition.  I don't know the date of first publication or
> the editor, I can't even find any initials that would offer a
> clue.
> It's hard to guess at the date of publication from the remainder
> of the contents, but I'd guess at it being 70-80 years ago.
> Perhaps someone who has a version with the front page can help.
> .... and, of course, I should have written ARRWSTOS!
> Michael Haggett
> London
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