Mike Baber wrote:Present active participle acc. sg. neuter of λευχειμονεῖν, "wear white clothing", a denominative verb based on the adjective λευχείμων, "wearing white" (from λευκός/ή/όν "white" and -ϝεσ- "clothe", cf. ἕννυμι.
1. For the conjugation "Present active participle acc. sg. neuter," I was expecting to see something like λευχειμονον rather than λευχειμονοῦν. Isn't -ον the typical ending for that particular conjugation? Would you be able to tell me why it ends in -οῦν instead of -ον?
2. Should I assume that Cyril uses τὸ λευχειμονοῦν collectively, i.e. in reference to a group of individuals clad in white?[/quote]
1. The verb is an epsilon-contract verb; the form λευχειμενοῦν is contracted from λευχειμενέον.
2. Well, I suppose it's "the whitecladness of (them) all"; it does strike me as a somewhat strange use of the substantive participle as a sort of abstraction. I would suppose that the articular infinitive τὸ λευχειμονεῖν would mean pretty much the same thing. Certainly the sense must be, "When he saw that all of them were wearing white, he felt obliged to adopt that sort of clothing himself."
Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)
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