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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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alleged-cause clause introduced by ὅτι

Dickey (p. 131) states: "To indicate alleged cause, one asserted by the subject of the sentence but not positively confirmed by the author, a causal clause can have an optative verb in secondary sequence."
Do I understand correctly that,
(1) to indicate alleged cause, one has to use an optative verb, and
(2) since an optative verb can be used only in secondary sequence, there is no way to indicate alleged cause by a clause ...
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The Proclus inscription at Dura

The following is a sketch of a Greek inscription that I'd like to get some further information upon. It was discovered at Dura Europos and is dated to the early to mid 3rd century.


A description of this inscription is provided in "Pre-Constantinian nomina sacra in a Mosaic and Church Graffiti "by James R. Wicker (Southwestern Journal of Theology • Volume 52 • Number 1 • Fall 2009}

Number 18 is a graffito below ...
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Plato, Apology 26 a4

δῆλον γὰρ ὅτι ἐὰν μάθω, παύσομαι ὅ γε ἄκων ποιῶ.
Some editors & scholars (e.g., de Strycker/Slings) believe that ὅ here is a problem and consider two possible solutions to it:
a. to read οὗ instead. I understand that this would provide παύσομαι with the genitive it needs. Yet this also would, as it seems to me, deprive ποιῶ of the accusative it needs. Am I getting it right that, on this reading, this would ...
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Model editions for standard line numbers in drama

If I'm correct, the line numbers of modern editions of Greek drama are standardized based on one early edition. It seems to be almost impossible to find information about which editions the standards are based on. Does anyone know which editions are used? I need to know the first edition which is used as a standard, not some later edition conforming to this.
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