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PUNCT: punctuation

Definition

Punctuation marks in Ancient Greek texts have in general been added by modern editors. There are four main punctuation marks that can be found in modern editions: comma (COMMA “U+002C”), period (FULL STOP “U+002E”), the point above the line (MIDDLE DOT “U+00B7” corresponding to a an English colon or semicolon), and question mark (SEMICOLON “U+003B”).

The mark for elision (Smyth 1920: 23-24) is the apostrophe (COMBINING COMMA ABOVE “U+0313”). Crasis (Smyth 1920: 22-23) and aphaeresis (Smyth 1920: 24) are signaled by a smooth breathing (COMBINING COMMA ABOVE “U+0313”) standing either on the vowel/diphthong resulting from crasis or for an elided ε at the beginning of a word (aphaeresis).

References

Smyth, Herbert Weir. 1920. A Greek Grammar for Colleges. New York: American Book Company (Perseus Digital Library; Internet Archive).


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