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Note sui dativi in ‑οις davanti a waw etimologico: i casi di Il. XXIII 535 e Od. XIII 334

Abstract

This paper aims at analysing the nature of ‘short’ datives of the o‑stems before a vowel etymologically preceded by waw in the Homeric poems. In particular, it focuses on the occurrences in Il. XXIII 535 and Od. XIII 334. While in the latter the ending ‑οις may be interpreted as a secondary adaptation from ‑οισι (created after the loss of waw in the pronunciation, as in the case of ‑οις ἐπέεσσι), in the former the inflection may be considered as original and it could be an argument for the ancient nature of ‑οις before a consonant in the Homeric poems.