Aorist (aóristos), Ancient Theories of
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Abstract

The entry discusses the grammatical category of “Aorist” (Greek ἀόριστος) as part of the ancient Greek grammatical theory.

The Greek term aóristos (ἀόριστος) is a privative verbal adjective built on the root of the verb horízō ‘to define, determine’, thus meaning ‘undefined, undetermined’. Apart from other applications in grammar, the word referred to one of the tenses of the Gk. verb (Tense/Aspect), the morphology of which is characterized by the morpheme -sa (1 sg.), e.g. é-lu-sa, the aorist corresponding to present lú-ō ‘…

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Jean Lallot, “Aorist (aóristos), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 30 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000416>
First published online: 2013



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