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Antiochian vs. Antiochene
« on: February 19, 2010, 12:23:42 AM »
Why do we refer to the church of Antioch as "Antiochian" when "Antiochene" predates it and sounds so much more natural?

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Re: Antiochian vs. Antiochene
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 06:56:09 AM »
Why do we refer to the church of Antioch as "Antiochian" when "Antiochene" predates it and sounds so much more natural?
Because "Antiochene" is uber Greek, and Ialmisry would be upset.
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Re: Antiochian vs. Antiochene
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010, 10:36:38 AM »
Why do we refer to the church of Antioch as "Antiochian" when "Antiochene" predates it and sounds so much more natural?

The city seems to have had a number of names: Antioch, Antioch Pisidian, Antiocheia Pisidias, and Caesarea Antiochia.  My point is that in two of these names, the ending sound is an "a" so that "Antiochian" is naturally more appropriate for those names and is not wrong for the other two. For another approach, think of Patagonia and "Patagonene" and "Patagonian": which one grates and which one does not?

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Re: Antiochian vs. Antiochene
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2010, 11:10:52 AM »
Those different names, you are talking about, are also different places. Antioch in Pissidia (or Caesarea) is an altogether different birt from Antioch on Orontes, the titular city of the patriarchate.
And there were another dozen or so Antiochs in ancient times.
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Re: Antiochian vs. Antiochene
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2010, 04:56:27 PM »
Those different names, you are talking about, are also different places. Antioch in Pissidia (or Caesarea) is an altogether different birt from Antioch on Orontes, the titular city of the patriarchate.
And there were another dozen or so Antiochs in ancient times.
Indeed. Adding those other things is like referring to Springfieldillinoisians and Springfieldmassachusettsans. The appellations, like those of today, were designed to distinguish one city from another.
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