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sk4p wrote:As Jim's book tells us, Αστρον Αργον equals 451 in Greek, and this is possible because of the practice of treating -ST- as the old digraph Stau or Stigma with value 6, instead of the usual Sigma + Tau = 500.[//quotye]
Yes. That ligature should always be treated as a single character equal to 6 in Greek.It only has that value if the first word is spelled ΚΟΝΞ.
That's how it's spelled in the Greek mysteries from which it arises. (Ompax is a single word but, other than that, it's straightforward.)So the phrase is properly spelled ΚΟΓΞ ΟΜ ΠΑΞ,
No, it isn't. The actual Greek spelling is ΚΟNΞ ΟΜΠΑΞ . This isn't a reconstruction, it's from source documents (Eleusinian Mysteries I think, but I'm going from memory on things last read 20 years ago).(And indeed, in the 1514 printing of Hesychius's lexicon, it is a gamma rather than a nu.)
Jim Eshelman wrote:Yes. That ligature should always be treated as a single character equal to 6 in Greek.
Puzzling, because that's at odds with other sources.
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