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Are those triangular tripods merely highly stylised Alpha's? Or are they Alpha-Upsilon digraphs?

(Sorry, the websites didn't give the explanation of where the photos were taken.)

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It is just the way they write alpha. In the first one, for example: αναπαυσον την ψυχην αυτου μετα των αγιων ....

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    Surely ψυχην rather than τυχην ?
    – varro
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 16:24
  • Thanks alot, :) Because that alpha in the bottom right of the first photo is just waaaayyy wacky..
    – Johan88
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 16:25
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    How do you explain, in the third picture, what looks like "ao" for the omega in "σωφροσύνη"? And also what looks like aretaōn? (I don't have time to look through it carefully, so I might be splitting the words wrong)
    – brianpck
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 17:13
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    @brianpck: Looks like contracted vowels are being resolved - historically the forms were σαοφροσύνη and ἀρετάων, before contraction.
    – varro
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 17:21
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    @varro. Yes L/S have: " Ep. and poet. σᾰοφροσύνη (as in Hom. and in later poetry, IG22.3632.11, 3753)".
    – fdb
    Commented Nov 19, 2017 at 17:36

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