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Observations on Some of the Dialects in the West of England, Particularly Somersetshire: With a Glossary of Words Now in Use There; And Poems and ... Exemplifying the Dialect (Classic Reprint)

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Zachariadou Elizabeth. Observations on some Turcica of Pachymeres. In: Revue des études byzantines , tome 36, 1978. pp. 261-267.

In the second volume of the Byzantinoturcica of G. Moravcsik1, indexing Turkish names and words occurring in Byzantine texts, there is under the entry πέκης (the Greek rendering of the title beg or bek2) a list of names combined with this title. Among them one reads Άβράμ-παξ, Κουτζίμ- παξις, Σολυμάμ-παξ and Τζασίμ-παξις, all four mentioned by the historian George Pachymeres.

The transcription of beg by παξ or παξις appears, at first sight at least, strange, for there is no obvious reason why the Turkish consonant g or k should be rendered by a Greek ξ. The question becomes more puzzling, as, in two other instances in the text of Pachymeres itself, the word appears as πακις or μπακις3 : this occurs with respect to the fairly wellknown amir of Menteshe Σάλπακις or Σαλάμπακις4. Πάκις or πέκις is the usual transcription of the word by Byzantine authors of the xivth century5. Therefore a reexamination of the forms παξ and παξις could prove that Pachymeres

1. G. Moravcsik, Byzantinoturcica, II, Berlin 1958, p. 250 ; as is known, G. Moravcsik summarised views of other scholars.

3. Pachymeres usually transcribes the consonant b by the combination of the letters μ and π : e.g. Μπυριγέριος for Berenger (Pachymeres : Bonn, Π, p. 484).

4. G. Moravcsik, op. cit., p. 265 ; on this Turcoman chieftain, see P. Wittek, Das Fürstentum Mentesche, Istanbul 1934, p. 29-30.

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