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: July 2002

Another Birthday

July 09, 2002 ·

So another birthday has passed. Another day, like any other except more stressful. Not because it was a birthday, though. I gotta say that 34 doesn't have a whole lot of impact ... whatever, as my generation likes to say. Sue's folks are out from NY and I had the 4th and 5th off, so that's been fun. We went to the pool and to the lake, Sue and I went out to dinner and a movie (Men In Black II, I highly recommend it), and Sue's folks took us out to the local Irish pub last night, so we're having a good time ... around my birthday, which is fine with me.

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