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  • according to the Liddle-Scott lexicon [] it's definitely το χαος - neuter with an α stem. according to Smythe [] that makes it a noun of the first declension. however, if it were a first declension neuter noun, it would be το χαον not το χαος in first person singular. I think that this means that it's one of those irregular greek nouns that you just have to know. in this particular case, the lexicon may have a hint - homer used εος, the masculine possessive, to refer to χαος, not εον as though it were neuter. so, what you have is a neuter noun with a masculine declension.

    in any case, it definitely appears not to be χαως :)
    • Ah cool, many thanks for looking it up. My greek dates back to when I was fourteen or fifteen, it's hazy at best. Going back home I looked around to check, with a vague intuition of where I would find it. It's in a letter from a girlfriend dating back to when I had greek courses, and whe quotes Hesiod's "en arkhe khaos en". Rereading it, it's hard to tell in her handwriting if it's an ο or an ω, which leads me to believe that maybe she didn't remember as she wrote and scrambled it on purpose (I


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