Declension/Conjugation (klísis), Ancient Theories of
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The expressions klísis onomátōn and rhēmátōn refer to noun and verb inflection, namely the modifications a part of speech endowed with case and a verb can undergo. An overview of the elements involved in inflection is found in the khnē grammatikḗ attributed to Dionysius Thrax: the noun is characterized by gender, number and case; the verb has moods, voices, numbers, persons, tenses. The most ancient reflection, starting from Aristotle and, subsequently, Stoic philosophy, the Hellenis…

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Lara Pagani, “Declension/Conjugation (klísis), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 19 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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