Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pronouncing Eta as Iota at Pompeii (79 CE)

Itacism, that is, the pronunciation of the Greek eta and of the various diphthongs with iota uniformly as i, and the trimming down of endings in -ius or -ios to -is, are quite general phenomena and recur, for example, in Pompeii. [Hermann Vogelstein, Rome p. 41]

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