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Subject: Re: How pronounce "Nausicaa"?
Newsgroup: humanities.classics
Date: 12/24/2017
Time: 15:28:33
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  On Thursday, 14 May 1998 10:00:00 UTC+3, Tom Frenkel wrote:
> Hi,
>=20
> As a recent, enthusiastic reader of the _Odyssey_ in English (and a novic=
e
> in the field of the classics), I would like to pose just one question if =
I
> might. How is the name "Nausicaa" supposed to be pronouced? It seems
> that everyone I've asked has a different idea. The latest version came
> from my waitress at a coffee shop (who noticed what I was reading and, to
> my surprise of course, proceeded to recite Homer's opening lines in the
> original Greek). When I asked her about "Nausicaa", she pronounced the
> "u" as a "v".=20
>=20
> So now I'm thoroughly confused. But please, if someone gives a phonetic
> rendition, could they clue me in on what the symbols mean? I am new to
> this kind of thing. Thanks!
>=20
> --Tom
> Tom Frenkel <taf2@is8.nyu.edu>

We need to add at least one further complication to the learn-ed replies ma=
de below. She was, in fact, a foreigner to Greece. Homer's account makes it=
very clear that Odysseus was washed up on a distant foreign shore. So how =
can we possible know how the original name should be pronounced? (Or are we=
trying to establish how a later, Classical Greek audience might have prono=
unced it?). Surely, there are no other Ancient Greek words (names or otherw=
ise) that end with 'aa'. (I'd like to know if there are). It seems likely t=
hat Nau(s) is to do with ships and ship-craft. Sika, of course in Greek mea=
ns Fig (from the Persian word meaning 1,000 seeds). So it could be ships ma=
de out of Fig wood. (Extremely light, which may be why Odysseus says Alkino=
's ships were rudderless and the fastest in the Mediterranean world). The e=
xtra 'a' on the end of Nausikaa's name is surely likely to be a feminine en=
ding... and may not have been pronounced. So I go for NAF-sika.
 

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da leggere rwebbmusic@hotmail.com 12/24 15:28
Re: How pronounce "Nausicaa"?
   da leggere John W Kennedy 12/24 19:52
Re: How pronounce "Nausicaa"?
      da leggere Ed Cryer 12/25 05:39
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      da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 12/26 12:37
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         da leggere John W Kennedy 12/26 14:45
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            da leggere Ed Cryer 12/27 08:01
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               da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 12/29 03:58
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            da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 12/29 03:50
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               da leggere Ed Cryer 12/29 07:00
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                  da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 12/29 11:32
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                     da leggere Ed Cryer 12/29 14:44
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                        da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 01/02 03:13
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                           da leggere Ed Cryer 01/02 18:05
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                              da leggere Ed Cryer 01/02 18:20
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                                 da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 01/03 16:39
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                                    da leggere Ed Cryer 01/03 17:34
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                                       da leggere Ed Cryer 01/04 14:17
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                                          da leggere Will Parsons 01/04 15:04
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                                             da leggere Ed Cryer 01/04 16:57
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                                                da leggere Ed Cryer 01/05 08:51
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                                                   da leggere Ed Cryer 01/05 09:05
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                                    da leggere John W Kennedy 01/03 18:24
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                              da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 01/03 16:53
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                     da leggere Will Parsons 12/30 16:28
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                        da leggere vtheocharidis@gmail.com 12/31 13:43
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                           da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 01/02 05:06
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                              da leggere vtheocharidis@gmail.com 01/04 01:23
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                        da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 01/02 04:13
Re: How pronounce "Nausicaa"?
                  da leggere John W Kennedy 12/29 12:18
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               da leggere Will Parsons 12/30 16:22
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                  da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 01/02 04:11
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                     da leggere Rich Alderson 01/02 21:24
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                        da leggere Robert Alfred Webb 01/03 16:45
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   da leggere Italo 01/06 18:31
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      da leggere Ed Cryer 01/07 07:29
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         da leggere Italo 01/07 08:09
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            da leggere Will Parsons 01/07 10:15
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               da leggere Ed Cryer 01/07 13:07
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