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Erasmian pronunciation and Omicron

I was wondering what the reasoning is behind using a long alpha to pronounce omicron in the Erasmian pronunciation system. In particular, Logos = Lagas. Which is funny to me because "lagas" reminds me of the word for rabbit.

One of my theories is that when the Erasmian system uses English words to demonstrate how to pronounce a vowel, the example for "o" is often "pot"which may be conceived of by an American as "PAAAHT" ...
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Pape's Griechisch-Deutsches Handwörterbuch in wiki format

The book Griechisch-Deutsches Handwörterbuch (Concise Greek-German Dictionary) by Johann Georg Wilhelm Pape (1807-1854) has been converted into wiki format and imported on the same wiki that hosts Liddell, Scott, Jones dictionary. Now, tens of thousands of entries also have a German translation, apart from the English one provided by LSJ. Many improvements and corrections have been made to Pape's dictionary.

Each entry also has a link to its page on the actual book with the ...
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Analysis of greeks text via youtube

I found this great resource that breaks down greek texts grammatically via YouTube.

The instructors pronunciation is horrid but the breakdown of syntax is a real help.

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Herodotus 1.137.1: ἀπὸ κοινοῦ construction

αἰνέω μέν νυν τόνδε τὸν νόμον, αἰνέω δὲ καὶ τόνδε, τὸ μὴ μιῆς αἰτίης εἵνεκα μήτε αὐτὸν τὸν βασιλέα μηδένα φονεύειν, μήτε τῶν ἄλλων Περσέων μηδένα τῶν ἑωυτοῦ οἰκετέων ἐπὶ μιῇ αἰτίῃ ἀνήκεστον πάθος ἔρδειν: ἀλλὰ λογισάμενος ἢν εὑρίσκῃ πλέω τε καὶ μέζω τὰ ἀδικήματα ἐόντα τῶν ὑπουργημάτων, οὕτω τῷ θυμῷ χρᾶται.

"I praise this custom, and likewise I praise this one, that even the king himself may not for a single fault kill anyone, ...
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Herodotus 1.132.2-3

This is the (emended) text as edited by Wilson in the new OCT:
ἐπεὰν δὲ διαμιστύλας κατὰ μέλεα τὸ ἱρήιον ἑψήσῃ τὰ κρέα, ὑποπάσας ποίην ὡς ἁπαλωτάτην, μάλιστα δὲ τὸ τρίφυλλον, ἐπὶ ταύτης ἔθηκε ὦν πάντα τὰ κρέα. διαθέντος δὲ αὐτοῦ Μάγος ἀνὴρ παρεστεὼς ἐπαείδει οἴα δή· θεογονίην ἐκεῖνοι λέγουσι εἶναι τὴν ἐπαοιδήν: ἄνευ γὰρ δὴ Μάγου οὔ σφι νόμος ἐστὶ θυσίας ποιέεσθαι.

The passage in question as in Hude (from Perseus):
Μάγος ἀνὴρ ...
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K.-G. on Perseus

Sometimes I come across references like K.-G. ii 51, which I take to be to the page 51 of the second volume. Yet on Perseus I find only a continuous numeration of chapters (for both volumes?): http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/tex ... ythp%3D511
How can one find there what is referred in the way I indicated?
Thanks in advance.
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3rd person imperative for ancient greek computer game

I have done a very simple computer game that I intend to put online so as to give people a chance to practice a little Greek especially numbers. The basic scenario is that you are a ruler of a group of peasants. You can assign them to work the fields, weave or build a flood protection wall. The peasants can die from starvation, drowning or from the cold. If you let too many die they ...
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advice for AG study

Hylander wrote:Here's what you could try. Get a copy of Dickey's book on Greek composition and work through it from beginning to end without rushing. You'll also need a hard copy of Smyth if you don't have one. There are solutions to half the exercises in the back. If you put in the effort -- and it's not a small effort -- I think you will find you'll be able to read Greek much more fluently. ...
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How to say "thank you" in Classical Greek?

And/or is there a dictionary (preferably on-line) providing direct answers to such questions?
Thanks in advance.
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"Ellipsis", Greek Mind Reading.

One of the biggest obstacles to fluent Ancient Greek reading I have come up against, as I have progressively tackled harder and harder texts inside the Attic Greek corpus, has been ellipsis and laconic syntax in general.

One of the ways I have found to address this issue has been to add scholia into the margins of the texts that flesh out the sentences. Often times the missing elements are contained in the sentences preceding ...
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