Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: June 2002

Long Time Coming

June 11, 2002 ·

So, I haven't written in awhile. I guess even I get sick of thinking all the time <grin>. Basically, we're doing all right, although it was a stressful year last year, and the spring and summer have let up only in spurts. Sue and the kids were sick from Christmas through most of March, for the most part, and I joined in the fun during a good bit of February. In general, we've stayed pretty healthy for the past month or so, which has been a very nice change. Grandma and Grandpa Fisher (Gert and Gus) visited Cincy for a day last month, on their way to Harrisburg, PA. Their visit was awesome. The kids had fun, they had fun, Sue and I enjoyed having them here, and we got to expose them to at least one of Cincy's trademarks: dinner at Montgomery Inn, their treat ... sweeties.

Other than that, we're trying to keep up with stresses at work, church, and home, like most other American families, I suppose. Andrew is out of school, which frees up Sue's days a bit more, but then, of course, Andrew's going nuts most of the time with so much less to do. So it goes. Ian, as one might expect, takes more energy every day as his abilities allow him to directly impact new areas of our lives every week.

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