Summary of Evidence for ϝ

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398. According to the computation of Prof. Hartel there are 3354 places in which the elect of the Digamma can be traced on the metre of Homer. bn 2324 places its presence is shoςwn by hiatus after a short voςwel (i. e. it prevents elision); in 359 places it justifies the lengthening of a short syllable ending in a consonant, in other swords, it helps to make 'Pοsitiοn ;' in 164 places it follows a long vοςwel or diphthong which is ςwithout ictus : in 507 places it folloςws a long vowel or diphthong with ictus. br is further to be noticed that in many places a short final vowel in arsis is lengthened before the f : see especially the instances given αnder ἕο (ἡ 390), and ἀχωω ( 389).1 On the other hand there are 617 places ςwhere the is neglected. Short vowels sαer Elision before it in 324 places: it fails to lengthen by Position after another consonant m 215 places : and long vowels or diphthongs are shortened before it in 78 places. Also the power to lengthen by Position is confined, except in the case of the enclitic 2ο, οἱ, to length- ening of syllables which have the ictus.

  • 1. A short vοςvwel is also lengthened vwith ictus before ἔπος (Od. 10. 24θʼ, ἔρξαν (Od. 14. 411), and in the Compounds ἀπο-ειπάὼν (7. 19 35) and ἀπο-ρσῃ, ἀπο-έρσειε (ll. 21. 283, 329)