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Definition of terms in Perseus

I have been using Perseus mainly to check on alternates for the verb forms when my first guess does not fit.

In the process I have been coming across terms such as n_infix, unasp_preverb and a number of others which are self-explanatory but sometimes not.

Does anyone know if Perseus explains these anywhere, all my searches lead back to a word with the term attached, ie round in circles!

Any suggestions?
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Aristophanes Wasps, line 127 - what does ἧν mean here?

ἡμεῖς δ᾽ ὅσ᾽ ἦν τετρημένα
ἐνεβύσαμεν ῥακίοισι κἀπακτώσαμεν,

I'm not sure what ἧν means here. I can only think it's the 3rd sg imperfect of εἰμι with ὁσα τετρημενα as its subject - so 'we stuffed up every opening there was...' but I'm not sure?
Help would be appreciated!
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Greek word needed for "levelling device"

Greek word needed for "level" in the sense of "level-finding device" (Latin "norma"). See at

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I have been playing around with how I read anapaests, as I try to understand how they fit dramatically. I would think that this should be something close to the real rhythm, but the result seems far too comic to be very accurate.

Medea 96-110
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Is this an infinitive? Aristophanes' Wasps, line 56


φέρε νυν κατείπω τοῖς θεαταῖς τὸν λόγον,
ὀλίγ᾽ ἄτθ᾽ ὑπειπὼν πρῶτον αὐτοῖσιν ταδί,
μηδὲν παρ᾽ ἡμῶν προσδοκᾶν λίαν μέγα,

I think προσδοκαν is an infinitive here ('to expect nothing...') but I'm not sure. Perseus says it could also be the imperfect 3rd pl but I don't think this would work. Can anyone help?
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Can anyone point me to a resource that explains linguistically why βλώσκω has such a strange form in the future, aorist and perfect?

Thank you!
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εστι(ν) with "dative of possessor"

(My understanding, based on a recent discussion here, is that "dative of possessor" is a misnomer; hence quotation marks)
Dickey has two sentences:
a. τούτῳ ἔστι μείζων οἶκος ἢ ἐκείνῃ. (p. 138)
b. τούτῳ ἐστὶν γενναιότερος πατὴρ ἢ ταύτῃ (p. 239)
I have two questions.
1. Why is εστι(ν) accented differently in these two cases? Is one of these two versions more proper than the other? If so, which one and why?
2. Why is ...
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Greek (polytonic) keyboard in Ubuntu 16.04

I set up my Linux system to type Greek polytonic characters. It's Ubuntu 16.04, Unity desktop environment, the default. My locale is set to "en_US.UTF-8"; my physical keyboard is an ordinary American keyboard. Here is what I did, expressed as instructions.

Find "System Settings", and click on "Text Entry".

Go to "Input sources to use", and click "+"

Find "Greek (polytonic)" and select it.

Choose keys for switching input sources. My system has two input ...
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Eduard Johnson at p. 26 of in Sprechen sie attisch? simply gives

Gestern abend ἑσπέρας.

The Italian translation of Enrico Renna and Claudio Ferone has

Ieri sera (ἐχθές) ἑσπέρας

Can just ἑσπέρας mean yesterday evening and is ἐχθές optional?
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Ancient Greek texts

Compared to the amount of Ancient Greek prose and poetry that came down to us on manuscripts, how much more (and which texts) in proportion has been recovered on papyri found in Egypt?

Is there a full list of known Ancient Greek texts?
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