While Ancient Greek is commonly considered a “synthetic” language, I show that it did
develop periphrastic constructions, to a much larger extent than is generally thought. I
concentrate on the development of constructions with the verbs ‘HAVE' (εχω) and ‘BE'
(ειμι) and a participle, and argue that they underwent a common semantic development,
which I propose to call ‘transitivization’. I furthermore draw attention to the importance
of investigating the interrelationship of the different periphrastic constructions under
analysis with regard to their origins, development and decline.