Thu Feb 19 09:59:49 UTC 2009

Dear Valerie,

On Thu, 2009-02-19 at 21:29, Valerie J Roebuck wrote:
> Actually I think you'll find that there is a dual number in Homeric 
> Greek, but as an alternative, not compulsory as the Sanskrit dual is. 
> (I have no Homeric grammar to hand at present to check this.) ...

Almost couldn't find my Paley under all the dust but finally got it:

Iliad XXIII 485 - ἢ τρίποδος περιδώμεθον ἠὲ λέβητος
Paley, Iliad &c., (London: 1884)

His footnote suggests that the dual here is Alexandrine.

See also περιδιδωμι, Liddell & Scott,  p 1371

Best, Richard

Richard MAHONEY | internet:
Littledene      | telephone/telefax (man.): +64 3 312 1699
Bay Road        | cellular: +64 275 829 986
OXFORD, NZ      | email: r.mahoney at
Indica et Buddhica: Materials for Indology and Buddhology

More information about the INDOLOGY mailing list