Thematic and Athematic Verbs‎
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Ancient Greek has a systematic morphological distinction between so-called thematic and athematic verbs which is inherited from Proto-Indo-European. The thematic stem type represents a morphologically open class, the athematic type being obsolete. Ancient Greek also has an alpha-thematic stem type which is innovative and particular to this language.

1. Introduction

Ancient Greek shows an inherited morph…

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Eystein Dahl, “Thematic and Athematic Verbs‎”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 18 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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