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Surely you can go no further back than the New Testament. After learning the news that she is to be the mother of Jesus, Mary goes to minister to her cousin Elizabeth, who is expecting John the Baptist. Here are the words of Elizabeth's greeting to Mary from Luke 1:42-43: Εὐλογημένη σὺ ἐν γυναιξίν, καὶ εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπὸς τῆς κοιλίας σου. καὶ πόθεν μοι ...


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Can we say that Latin Hexameter did not exist before Ennius (as implied later in this article)? Not necessarily written Hexameter is in question. We can't say for sure, but Ennius' hexameters are the first extant Latin hexameters. If it existed prior to him, we do not have an example of it, and his immediate predecessors (Andronicus and Naevius) wrote in ...


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Feels a little cheap as an answer here, but the auto-generated Related Links suggests to me the excellent Was “Pascha” ever used as a neuter first-declension noun? which provides a possible example of an exception here. Absolutely none of this answer is original research, I am merely reporting what I see in that question and its answers. Notably, the ...


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It has to be noted that Republic (Res publica / Public affair), and Democracy (Δημοκρατία, Δῆμος + Κράτος / People Power) are not the same thing. A republic can be an oligarchy (or anything else) and still cater for public affairs, but a democracy is a system that is controlled and exercised by the people themselves. In fact the ancient Greek word equivalent ...


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