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.

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We are the Fishers, transplants to Cincinnati from Baldwin, New York (Sue), and Wrenshall, Minnesota (Jason).  We moved here in 1990, directly after graduating college, marrying, and honeymooning in North Carolina.  After those first 5 or 6 years of graduate school, we effectively settled in and bought a house in Deer Park, and here we remain.  Cinci's an odd place, trying to be nearly Southern, yet well north of the Mason-Dixon line and sharing a state with Yankee manufacturing bastions like Toledo, Cleveland, Akron, etc.  Nonetheless, we get a proper 3 months of winter, not Minnesota's 5 months, and the traffic is annoying but not downright insane, like Long Island, NY, so we're pretty content here.

After throwing ourselves into grad studies in Greek and Latin (Jason) and Classical Archaeology (Sue), we took a few advanced degrees before diverting into other pursuits.  After the Masters work was done, Jason ended up playing project manager in the publishing business for a few years before finding a knack for designing and developing useful software.  Sue continued on after her M.A. and managed to have 2 kids while also completing her dissertation, becoming Dr Mom just before our youngest was born.  We have since been blessed to allow her to raise the kids without also having to work outside the house in a formal capacity.  Thanks to the persistance of 2 very dear friends from grad school, we became active and remain very active in our church (River Hills).  So, other than kids and work, we seem to spend a lot of time on the road, visiting those families that live nowhere near here, working at a local CSA (community supported farm), and generally trying to keep up house repairs, car repairs, medical issues, and the general hubbub of life "in these modern times".

This site has been up and it has been down.  There will generally not be a whole lot of content on the site proper, but we do sometimes post to the blog, and one of these days we will get photos up, too.  The blog has also been off and on, but the content has all been ported forward to the current blog, so if you link over there and browse back, there are some snapshots for those who care.  (Why? I have no clue! LOL)



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