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.

Busy, busy weekend

June 2, 2008 ·

Among many tiring activities this weekend, primarily centered around animal chores at Turner all weekend, Ian gave his first piano recital on Saturday afternoon, and it was awesome.  After being in class for just a few months, he's really developed a good ear and he really has a lot of fun with it.  He played a bit of Ode to Joy, and then Sue joined him for a duet on Hot Cross Buns, and it was a joy to hear.  Very proud of him, and, although he's probably ready for a bit of break over the summer, Sue will keep working with him so that he doesn't at least lose any of it ;-)

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