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What does τις mean?

I have seen τις in Reading Greek today, and it says in earlier chapters that it means "what?" However, the sentence doesn't end in ; and I haven't any idea what it means. Note: I'm sorry I can't add accents, but this word doesn't have one. I'll put the passage below (without accents) it's usage in I.H

εστι δε εν τω πλοιω ραψωδος τις.

If anyone can help I would appreciate it greatly!
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Manuscript ligature question

Reading through the British Library Manuscript 11884 of Anabasis, I couldn't make out the third word from this image.

The text should be: ἡ δὲ μήτηρ ἐξαιτησαμένη

However μήτηρ looks more like μᾶρ. Is that some abbreviation or ligature that I'm not aware of?

From a little further along in the text is this form, which looks like ἡ μῆρ. μηρ makes more sense to me as an abbreviation than μᾶρ. Maybe there some relation ...
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"Caecuban" Pronunciation

Hi - I am recording the poems of Isabella Valancy Crawford for my YouTube channel, and will be getting to "The Helot" before long. Most of the Greek words she uses in the poem are familiar to me - with the exception of "Caecuban wine".

I was able to track down where it fits in classical literature, but not pronunciation. Any suggestions? I am especially wondering about hard C versus soft C.

Thanks for any ...
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Iota subscript or iota adscript?

I was inspired to create a poll directly by Ursinus’ post. I have seen (and partaken of) one similar poll on Twitter. Do you prefer iota subscript or iota adscript, and why? As for myself, iota subscript being infinitely more beautiful, I use it even with upper case, which—granted—may be seen as sacrilege. The subscript can be contested as younger, but young is also the whole lower case.
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Iota Subscripts

How many of you guys pronounce the subscripts when reading or conversing in the Greek? Along similar lines, if you do, how comprehensible to you is audio when it does not pronounce the subscript?
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ἀπὸ δὲ οἵας τε ἐπιτηδεύσεως ἤλθομεν ἐπ᾽ αὐτὰ καὶ μεθ᾽ οἵας πολιτείας καὶ τρόπων ἐξ οἵων μεγάλα ἐγένετο, ταῦτα δηλώσας πρῶτον εἶμι καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν τῶνδε ἔπαινον Thucydides 2 36 4

How is αυτα best translated?

Richard Ross
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Lysias. 24 4 ἂν and τε

περὶ μὲν οὖν τούτων τοσαῦτά μοι εἰρήσθω: ὑπὲρ ὧν δέ μοι προσήκει λέγειν, ὡς ἂν οἷόν τε διὰ βραχυτάτων ἐρῶ.

About therefore of these things this much let it be said: on behalf of the things which are to me a concern to say, as far as I should be able through brevity I will speak.

I can't quite see what ἂν and τε are doing. With ἂν I expect to see an optative ...
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2nd aorist subjunctive with ει for η in Homer

In I.26 there is the form κιχείω instead of the κιχήω you'd expect; then in line 62 ἐρείομεν for ἐρῶμεν

How are these forms explained?
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How to spell a name

I came across this in Rouse's Reader and was able to solve it only with some effort. I'm sure that quite a few of you have seen it before, so no spoilers. But once you've solved it, maybe post a line spoken by said character from a Greek Drama that features him (in English or in Greek)?

However, feel free to ask any questions that you'd like.

ἐγὼ πέφυκα γραμμάτων μὲν οὐκ ἴδρις,
μορφὰς δὲ ...
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Xen. Hell. 7.1.2 optative + subjunctiv conditional?

This is from Xenophon's Hellenica (7.1.2). Ambassadors from the Spartans are in Athens hoping to make a treaty:

ἐὰν οὖν ᾗ ἑκατέροις μάλιστα συνοίσει,
if therefore the means by which to each it will be especially advantageous
ταύτῃ καὶ τὰς συνθήκας ποιησώμεθα,
by means of those of the terms they should make
οὕτω κατά γε τὸ εἰκὸς μάλιστα συμμένοιμεν ἄν.
thus according to the most probable we would especially be able to keep (the agreement)
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