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How to express time (year) when

Wanting examples of expressing a year when something took place, I found Josepus having a little relevant material in his Ἰουδαϊκὴ ἀρχαιολογία. Writing in the 1st century, he used the Olympiad reckoning, which seems to have been introduced by historians in the 200's BCE. Examples of the older Athenian eponymous reckoning custom have to be searched from some other author.

1. τῷ τρίτῳ ἔτει τῆς ἑϐδόμης καὶ ἑϐδομηκοστῆς πρὸς ταῖς ἑκατὸν ὀλυμπιάδος, ὑπατεύοντος Ῥωμαίων Κυίντου ...
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carrying and sending to: εἰς + acc. v bare dative

Working my way through Mastronarde, I came across this sentence in the exercises to chapter 8:

ὁ δεσπότης τοὺς δούλους εἰς τὴν ἱέρειαν πέμπει, καὶ τὰ παιδία τὰ ἱερὰ ἐκ τῆς σκηνῆς φέρει.
The master sends his slaves to the priestess, and the children carry the offerings out of the tent.

The exercises in this chapter also contain this sentence:

ὦ νεανίαι, φέρετε τὰ δῶρα τοῖς ἀξίοις. [also from the ...
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Demosthenes, First Olynthiac

I have been reading Demosthenes’ Olynthiacs, using McQueen’s commentary, based off of MacGregor’s commentary. I thought that I would go back and translate some of what I had already read, to post here and to see if I actually understand it. Criticism would be welcome. I have noticed that McQueen seems to have based some of his commentary off of a slightly different version of the text.

Αντὶ πολλῶν ἄν, ὦ ἄνδρες Ἀθηναῖοι, χρημάτων ὑμᾶς ...
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Query about πλέω

Is πλέω (I sail) an ε-contract verb? I know this is probably a really simple question, but I'm a complete beginner and I'm having trouble finding grammar help online (such as somewhere which shows the conjugation of specific verbs - could anyone reccomend?). Thanks in advance :)
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Paus. 3.14.10

This is Pausanias describing the rites which parties of Spartan youths put on:
ἐπὶ δὲ τῇ θυσίᾳ κάπρους ἠθάδας οἱ ἔφηβοι συμβάλλουσι μαχουμένους: ὁποτέρων δ᾽ ἂν ὁ κάπρος τύχῃ νικῶν, ἐστιν ἐν τῷ Πλατανιστᾷ κρατῆσαι τούτους ὡς τὰ πλείω συμβαίνει.
This is the closest I can get
At the sacrifice the youths put to fight trained boars to fight. Of (whom) whichever of the boars should by chance win, these overcome as the (things) in ...
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Demosthenes and Plato

As I was working through Dickey's book, I decided I needed to read some Greek prose. First, I pulled out Demosthenes' Against Meidias in MacDowell's edition, which has been sitting on my shelf for years waiting for me to get to it. For the sheer enjoyment of engaging with Greek prose, a speech like this can't be beat, and MacDowell's edition is full of information about Greek law and procedure, historical background, Greek idiom, textual ...
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About the acute accent

I'm learning the ancient accent and there is something confusing me a lot. I'm a beginner to ancient Greek and I'm reading the book "Greek, an intensive course". In that book, there are three pitches. But I listen an audio recorded by Stephen G. Daitz and it sounds like there are some conditions that a syllable is pronunced with a lowing pitch, like the word "λόγος"(and I find there's actually NO grave mark in Daitz's ...
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A country house inscription

Yesterday I visited Hammerwood Park near East Grinstead, an attractive country house designed in 1792 for John Sperling by the distinguished architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who subsequently moved to America and did much work on the US Capitol and White House, as well as other commissions.
My visit involved a guided tour, and I only acquired a guidebook at the end. Leafing through the latter last night, I belatedly discovered that the reverse of the ...
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Lysis 219e and Hemlock

ἐννοήσωμεν γὰρ οὑτωσί· ὅταν τίς τι περὶ πολλοῦ ποιῆται, οἷόνπερ ἐνίοτε πατὴρ ὑὸν ἀντὶ πάντων τῶν ἄλλων χρημάτων προτιμᾷ, ὁ δὴ τοιοῦτος ἕνεκα τοῦ τὸν ὑὸν περὶ παντὸς ἡγεῖσθαι ἆρα καὶ ἄλλο τι ἂν περὶ πολλοῦ ποιοῖτο; οἷον εἰ αἰσθάνοιτο αὐτὸν κώνειον πεπωκότα, ἆρα περὶ πολλοῦ ποιοῖτ’ ἂν οἶνον, εἴπερ τοῦτο ἡγοῖτο τὸν ὑὸν σώσειν;

Do large quantities of wine help with Hemlock poisoning? (Ie., does this refer to saving the son by flushing the ...
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First declension: short or long -α

How to determine whether a noun belonging to first declension has short final -α or a long one? In a Greek grammar by William W. Goodwin the rules are explained on the page 38 (but rules do not apply to every possible noun, so I wanted to check those nouns in LSJ). But, in 175. b) on the same page it says that ἀλήθεια has a short -α at the end, while in LSJ its ...
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