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regularity of vowel and consonant shifts?

I am memorizing vowel shifts in imp. ind. tenses (e+stem beginning in vowel), and labial/dental/palatal shifts in future act. and middle ind. Along with the pres. ind. tenses, that's all I know.

From what I can tell, some/all of the spelling changes ease what could otherwise be an awkward pronunciation. I have been memorizing these shifts as if they are (basically) regular for any form that has a e- prefix, or a labial/dental/palatal+s. I have ...
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textlinguistics and Attic poetry/tragedy

cb wrote:hi, interesting about dik's tragic word order - after having studied her earlier paper giving stats on word shapes in iambic tri (oh, i was going to link to my site http://www.freewebs.com/mhninaeide where i summarised this info, but my site has been deleted apparently, oh well) i got really excited when i saw dik's book on tragic word order in a bookstore in rome - i bought it and ...
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Proper nouns, Greek to English

Not a huge issue--but it would help me a little. I have tried a few google and textkit searches without luck. In fact, the searches are better at coming up with vocabulary lists without proper nouns!

Is there a list of only proper nouns, Greek and English? Historical and fictional people and deities, places, that sort of thing. I do not need a whole dictionary, but if I could see maybe 50 or 100 common ...
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Reading Manuscripts


I wonder if anyone has any wisdom about ways in which one might enter the world of reading manuscripts. I realise that there are resources available online at archive.org etc. I have two questions:
(1) Any suggestions as to where would be a good place to start?
(2) Any suggested paper resources? I have a dream of reading Greek manuscripts with my breakfast cereal!
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elision, aspect, μεν - δε and stuff: Menander Aspis

To remind you of the background: Kleostratos has taken his loyal slave Daos with him while he is serving as a mercenary in Lycia. Initially the army is succesful and Kleostratos acquires a large amount of plunder. He then orders Daos to take the loot home

Is esential for Meanader to get Daos away from the main camp to the coast (but no further) before the battle that is about to ensue for 3 reasons. ...
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Republic, Iliad, and Anabasis

New audio, and a serious question. Does the Iliad have an emergent melody?

I have spent the longest time looking for any music that could be fit the iambic pentameter (folk ballads, rap music, anything) but nothing seems to fit the Iliad. The only success I've had is exaggerating the accents until I'm doing a sing-song. It sounds good, but I'm interested if anyone has looked into this? One thing I've noticed about English iambic ...
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Typos in Posselius

I was trying to get in touch with Prof. Diane Johnson to tell her about some typos in her edition of Posselius's Dialogues. Do you agree that these should be corrected?

Links to digitized texts

1587 Edition
1590 Edition
1601 Edition
1614 Edition
1623 Edition

I decided to change the accents on the ultimate so that it is always acute before a punctuation sign. The only exception is when it is in a list of ...
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Euripides IA 590

Χορός ανδρων Αργειων

590 ἰὼ ἰώ: μεγάλαι μεγάλων
εὐδαιμονίαι: τὴν τοῦ βασιλέως
ἴδετ᾽ Ἰφιγένειαν, ἄνασσαν ἐμήν,
τὴν Τυνδάρεω τε Κλυταιμήστραν:
ὡς ἐκ μεγάλων ἐβλαστήκασ᾽
595 ἐπί τ᾽ εὐμήκεις ἥκουσι τύχας.
θεοί γ᾽ οἱ κρείσσους οἵ τ᾽ ὀλβοφόροι
τοῖς οὐκ εὐδαίμοσι θνητῶν.

looking at the syntax, I see more than one way to "parse":

τὴν τοῦ βασιλέως
ἴδετ᾽ Ἰφιγένειαν, ἄνασσαν ἐμήν,
τὴν Τυνδάρεω τε Κλυταιμήστραν:

The placement of the verb ἴδετ᾽ inside the constituent τὴν τοῦ ...
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help with sentence from Mastronarde Unit 9

This section is on infinitive constructions.
διὰ τὸ τοὺς πολεμίους ἐν τῇ χώρᾳ μένειν φεύγουσιν οἱ πολῖται.
My incorrect answer (twice): On account of the enemy in the country, the citizens are fleeing to wait.
Answer key: Because of the fact that the enemy are remaining in the country the citizens are fleeing.

I think "διὰ τὸ τοὺς πολεμίους ἐν τῇ χώρᾳ" is all linked together; the preposition διὰ + acc., which includes both ...
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Reccomeded Hard Copy Dictionaries

My Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary is falling apart and I do like to have an alternative to online dictionaries to look up words.

I have been reasonably happy with it and it does have a slightly more modern flavor than the online dictionaries so I might well just get another of the same.

However, are there other dictionaries that have features/emphasis that the online ones don't have?
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