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Post  AgathonZante on Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:37 pm

I was reading Walter Burkert's section on Athena and he said Her name is spelled Athene in epic. What does that mean and can Her name be spelled both ways equally?
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Re: Athene and Athena

Post  Erodius on Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:23 pm

AgathonZante wrote:I was reading Walter Burkert's section on Athena and he said Her name is spelled Athene in epic. What does that mean and can Her name be spelled both ways equally?

There were many Greek dialects and spelling systems. The epic spelling often used H/ēta in places where common language used A/alpha.

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Re: Athene and Athena

Post  AgathonZante on Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:04 am

So they are both the same, just in different versions of old Greek?

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