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ἐπί

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Ancient Greek

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *h₁epi. Cognates include Sanskrit अपि (ápi), Avestan aipi, Old Persian apiy, and Armenian և (ev).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical): IPA: [epí]
  • (Koine): IPA: [ɛpˈi]
  • (Byzantine): IPA: [epˈi]

Preposition

ἐπί

  1. upon, on, over, above

Usage notes

The object of ἐπί may take either genitive, accusative, or dative. There are nuances to each case, and ἐπί is a versatile word which may convey an array of meanings. However, the primary meaning of "upon" is meant in a majority of situations.

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