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On the So-Called Genitive Absolute and Its Use Especially in the Attic Orators


Edward H. Spieker provides a linguistic analysis of the genitive absolute, one of the key constructions of the Greek language and often compared to the Latin Ablative Absolute despite some key dissimilarities.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-550-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 318
Publication Date: Aug 13,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 34
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-550-6
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Edward H. Spieker was a scholar of Greek prose composition and wrote several textbooks on the subject. This article provides a linguistic analysis of the genitive absolute, one of the key constructions of the Greek language and often compared to the Latin Ablative Absolute despite some key dissimilarities. It argues against reading the genitive absolute as if it were a Greek version of the Latin Ablative Absolute (as most students are initially taught to do), and gives the reader and composer of Greek sentences new ways of understanding this feature of the Greek language as it was understood by those who spoke it.

Edward H. Spieker was a scholar of Greek prose composition and wrote several textbooks on the subject. This article provides a linguistic analysis of the genitive absolute, one of the key constructions of the Greek language and often compared to the Latin Ablative Absolute despite some key dissimilarities. It argues against reading the genitive absolute as if it were a Greek version of the Latin Ablative Absolute (as most students are initially taught to do), and gives the reader and composer of Greek sentences new ways of understanding this feature of the Greek language as it was understood by those who spoke it.

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  • IV - ON THE SO-CALLED GENITIVE ABSOLUTE AND ITS USE ESPECIALLY IN THE ATTIC ORATORS (page 6)