Junia, the apostle: Part 11
It is found in Euripides' Hippolytus, and refers to Aphrodite,
- σεμνή γε μέντοι κἀπίσημος ἐν βροτοῖς.
Yet she's revered and famous among mortals.
There are a few things to note about this example. First, it is from 428 BCE. Second, it only serves to introduce ambiguity for the construction en + dative. It does not prove the case. Since Homer, we can find that en + dative was also typically used for 'among', as in belonging to the group.
- καὶ νόον ἐν πρώτοισι Μυκηναίων ἐτέτυκτο
and in mind he was among the first of the men of Mycenae
- en - in the number of, amongst; in the presence of, before LSJ
This is not quite an exact parallel to Andronicus and Junia. First, these two could possibly be apostles. 'Apostles' is a small group to which they could belong. Second, it is not quite clear why being famous to the apostles is a commendation, but being an apostle is significant.
However, this one example does support Wallace and Burer. In the next post, I will try to present the rest of the examples.