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Is there a ready way to distinguish ἰδέσθαι med or pas?

Is there a ready way to determine when ἰδέσθαι is middle "to see" or passive "to appear"? Is it just left up to an educated (best) guess in context?
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Liddell & Scott for Android

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Which dialect should I start with?

I am looking to learn Greek, with the main focus of learning Aeolic later, I was just wondering which dialect I should start with right now? also, what is a good textbook for a beginner, who's teaching themselves, for that dialect? And Finally, are there any other dialects, in addition to the one I should start with, that you think I should learn before moving on to Aeolic Greek?

-----Many Thanks,
Evelyn Harty
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Herodotus 3.25.3. & slavery

ἐπείτε δὲ στρατευόμενος ἐγένετο ἐν Θήβῃσι, ἀπέκρινε τοῦ στρατοῦ ὡς πέντε μυριάδας, καὶ τούτοισι μὲν ἐνετέλλετο Ἀμμωνίους ἐξανδραποδισαμένους τὸ χρηστήριον τὸ τοῦ Διὸς ἐμπρῆσαι, αὐτὸς δὲ τὸν λοιπὸν ἄγων στρατὸν ἤιε ἐπὶ τοὺς Αἰθίοπας.

"When he came in his march to Thebes , he detached about fifty thousand men from his army, and directed them to enslave the Ammonians and burn the oracle of Zeus; and he himself went on towards Ethiopia with the rest ...
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On learning Greek and Latin...

From the Colloquia Monacensia-Einsidlensia, a teaching text dating from the early 3rd century CE (slightly edited):

Ἀγαθῇ τύχῃ, εὐτυχῶς. ὀρῶ πολλοὺς ἐπιθυμοῦντας Ῥωμαιστὶ διαλέγεσθαι καὶ Ἑλληνιστὶ μἠτε εὐχερῶς δύνασθαι διἀ τὴν δυσχέρειαν καὶ πολυπλήθειαν τῶν ῥημάτων...

And the Latin:

Bona fortuna, feliciter. Video multos cupientes Latine disputare et Graece, neque facile posse propter difficultatem et multitudinem verborum...

Nice to know that the sentiment extends all the way back to antiquity!
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My New Blog-Greek & Latin Aids, Biblical Studies, κτλ

χαιρετε εταιροι!-salvete, sodales!-Hello, friends/members!

I haven't posted as much here as on B-Greek, but plan to do more this year.

After being away from blogging for several years, I've started a new Biblical studies blog, Let Ancient Voices Speak, which will feature Bible studies on various topics from a Christian perspective, sermons, poetry, ancient language aids (including Greek and Latin) and my own Bible version. You can find it at http://letancientvoicesspeak.wordpress.com

The first Greek and ...
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An inscribed stele near the acropolis of Athens

A friend of mine visiting Athens sent this photo. You will have guessed which particular detail caught his attention. I've tried to decipher the inscription, but I haven't quite got it. Here's my best shot:
κατ᾽ ἐπερώτημα τῆς
βουλὴς τῶν φ' Χαρίτωνα
Νεικιοῦ Μαραθώνιον ξ (??)
κορεύσαν τὰ Ασκληπιο<ῦ>
καὶ Ὑγεῖας εν τῶ<ι> ἐπιπομ-
πῆι οὗ Ἀλεξάνδρου ἄρ-
χοντος ἐνιαθτῶ.
"In accordance with the sanction of the council of the 500, Chariton son of ...
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Diogenes Laertius 9.[13]

I would welcome anyone's opinion on the questions I have about the following passage from Diogenes Laertius' biographical sketch of the enigmatic Ephesian philosopher Heraclitus. The passage is from a letter (to us moderns, clearly bogus) from the Persian king Darius to Heraclitus.

Dareios to Herakleitos.

καταβέβλησαι λόγον περὶ φύσεως δυσνόητόν τε καὶ δυσεξήγητον. ἔν τισι μὲν οὖν ἑρμηνευόμενος κατὰ λέξιν σὴν δοκεῖ δύναμίν τινα περιέχειν θεωρίας κόσμου τε τοῦ σύμπαντος καὶ τῶν ἐν τούτῳ ...
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abbreviation for "fragment"


Apologies in advance for the rudimentary question. I've noticed different scholars using "fr." and "F" as abbreviations for fragments. Are there conventions for which to use for which ancient authors/types of fragments, or is it a matter of picking one and staying consistent? In the case of "F" how do you make it plural (for "fr." I've seen "frr.")?

Many thanks for shedding light!
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Acquiring communicative competence

Hello, I am an undergraduate of Classics and would like to know whether there exists any kind of dictionary, besides Liddell and Scott, which does not only tell the translation, but also says the sense that a certain word had in the past, so that I can use words more appropriately, or not. And is there any kind of dictionary of colocations?

As you may notice, I am eager to both compose and speak Ancient ...
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