Thanks for those informations. I thought that the "æ" was just a  
french, if not an old french, usage.
Note that when I wrote "Theatetus", it is just a mispelling. I tend to  
forget that second "e", but your remark will help me to remind it.  
Note that Miles Burnyeat, in his book " The Theaetetus of Plato, and  
Levett in his traduction wrote simply "Theaetetus". But in french too,  
more and more people forget to attach the "o" and "e" in words like  
oeuvre, or soeur (sister).


On 04 Aug 2009, at 15:05, John Mikes wrote:

> Bruno and Mirek,
>  concerning Theateticus vs. Theaeteticus:
>  in my strange linguistic background I make a difference betwee ai  
> and ae - the spelling in Greek and Latin of the name. As far as I  
> know, nobody knows for sure how did the 'ancient' Greeks pronounce  
> their ai - maybe as the flat 'e' like in German "lehr" while the 'e'  
> pronounciation might have been clsoer to (between) 'make' and 'peck'  
> - the reason why the Romans transcribed it by their ONE letter "ae",  
> (lehr) and not as English would read: 'a'+'ee'. The spelling you  
> gave points to this latter. The Latin 'ae' is not TWO separate  
> letters (a+e), it is a twin, as marked in the Wiki article
> ..."Theætetus"... and not Theaetetus
> which looked strange to me from the beginning  .
> (I wonder if the e-mail reproduces the (ae) one sign? look up in  
> Wiki's Theaetetus Dialogue (in the title with the wrong spelling)  
> the 1st line brings the merged-together double 'æ'.)
> *
> English spelling always does a job on classical words, the Greek  
> 'oi' has been transcribed into Latin sometimes as 'oe' and  
> pronounced as in "girl" (oeuvre) while many think it was a sound  
> like what the pigs say: as "oy". then comes America, with it's  
> Phoenix (pron: feenix)....
> I don't think the Romans were much better off, centuries after and a  
> world apart from the ancient (classical for them) Greeks.
> And who knows today if the great orator was Tzitzero or Kikero to  
> turn later into Tchitchero?
> *
> "The Old Man" did quite a job on us at the tower of Babel.
> *
> [[ - I am enjoying your 'other' post where you spelled out my own  
> vocabulary as indeed thinking functions as relations, lately not as  
> a static description, but also the interchanging factor - ]]
> John

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