[B-Greek] rough breathing in Koine times

malcolm robertson mjriii2003 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 27 11:34:34 EDT 2005

Dear Eric,
Because in writing at least this is how the rough breathing was preserved.
Malcolm Robertson

Eric Weiss <papaweiss1 at yahoo.com> wrote:
Schemes which set forth Koine/NT/1st-century Greek pronunciation state that the rough 
breathing had ceased by then and was not pronounced (just as it's not pronounced in 
Modern Greek), even though the rough breathing mark continued to be used.

Why, then, did the forms of AF' (from APO) and OUC (from OU/OUK) and hUF' (from hUPO) 
etc. continue if there was no difference in pronunciation or sound between an initial vowel (or 
diphthong) with a rough breathing and an initial vowel (or diphthong) with a smooth breathing? 
Why do we not usually see AP' and OUK and hUP' etc. before initial vowels and diphthongs 
when there is a rough breathing?

Eric S. Weiss

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