Media Tantum
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Abstract

 Media tantum (middle deponents) are verbs which do not have an active voice.

Media tantum (‘middle  only’) are verbs which do not have an active voice. They are also called middle deponents. The term media tantum is sometimes used in a narrower sense, to refer to verbs which lack an active voice and have a middle aorist form. Verbs which lack active forms and have a passive aorist form (with suffix -thē- or -; Passive (Morphology)) are then called passiva tantum. Media tantum have a middle meaning in that their subject is…

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Rutger Allan, “Media Tantum”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000492>
First published online: 2013



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