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14:19 Nov 1, 2008
Greek (Ancient) to English translations [Non-PRO]
Other / eoimto
Greek (Ancient) term or phrase: eoimto or eoi mto
it's on a piece of jewlery
Heidi Walker

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Joseph Brazauskas

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3 days 3 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5

Transliterated 'eînto' = 'they sent' (aorist indicative and optative). Unfortunately, either Proz.com or Internet Explorer does not support encoding in Greek Old Face.

As Stephen rightly points out, mu is extremely rare, perhaps non-existent, before a mute in all four major dialects of classical Greek. In fact, if the word is divided (i.e., 'eoi mto'), it is impossible in that position (though not in the modern language).

Note added at 5 days (2008-11-06 17:34:55 GMT)

If it looks like an English C, it would be a by-form of sigma, not of delta, and this would give us 'eoîs to'. If the text is very early, 'to' (in classical Greek the neuter nominative and accusative singular of the definite article) could be used demonstrively and mean 'this', as it often does in Homer and Hesiod. If we read 'eoîs', it may mean 'this is for them', the verb 'be' being very often omitted in Greek. But I'm not confident about this interpetation. Could you send Stephen or myself an image file?

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Asker: It may be eoimco I realized that I flipped the "t". I looked up a greek alphabet and it is the "C" or ?Delta looking letter

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