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Prepositions in Homer
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This article describes the characteristics of what we understand as prepositions in Homeric poetry. These prepositions do not completely coincide with the more widespread concept of prepositions in ancient Greek.

In Indo-European languages, prepositions have their origins in adverbs, some of which in turn have their origins in certain fossilized case forms. Apart from a few specific exceptions, their meaning is local. Among other functions, these adverbs are used as predicate complem…

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Luz Conti, “Prepositions in Homer”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000517>
First published online: 2013

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