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When do you know you're ready to move to the next chapter?

I'm currently working on Athenaze and I'm on Arotos B (I hope that's the correct transliteration.) I have no problems whatsoever with actually reading the passage, it's quite easy. I have no problem with the grammar introduced since I already knew before Athenaze. The only problems I have are the English to Greek translations (they aren't hard, they just take some time to figure out) which I don't care much about as I'm not interested ...
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Cambridge Greek Lexicon

something to look forward to for 2018!

Heres a newly published video about the project:


and here's their webpage:

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Paging Joel: Gladstone's Diary

I've just heard that William Ewart Gladstone, the classical Liberal Prime Minister of England, kept a diary in Ancient Greek. Can you find it for us, Joel? :wink:
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H-J Test Exercise Passage Reading Greek Section 1

If someone could check my translation for Test Exercise One H-J in Reading Greek, I'd appreciate it:

On the one hand the ship sails towards the Piraeus. On the other the sailors do not know where the ship is at.
And so they ask the captain where it is. On the one hand the captain says that the ship is near the harbor. On the other hand the rhapsode is suddenly reciting Homer. And it ...
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Reading Greek 1.J

It says (no accents sorry):

τι λεγετε, ω ναυται; αρα μωρος ο ραψωδος η ου;

I've translated:

What are you saying, sailors? Is the rhapsode not stupid?

This might be a correct translation, but what is the η modifying? The word for rhapsode is masculine.
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Attic Pronunciation

How do you interpret that?

Σύμφωνα δὲ τὰ λοιπὰ ἑπτακαίδεκα· β γ δ ζ θ κ λ μ ν ξ π ρ σ τ φ χ ψ. σύμφωνα δὲ λέγονται, ὅτι αὐτὰ μὲν καθ᾽ ἑαυτὰ φωνὴν οὐκ ἔχει, συντασσόμενα δὲ μετὰ τῶν φωνηέντων φωνὴν ἀποτελεῖ. τούτων ἡμίφωνα μέν ἐστιν ὀκτώ· ζ ξ ψ λ μ ν ρ σ. ἡμίφωνα δὲ λέγεται, ὅτι παρ᾽ ὅσον ἧττον τῶν φωνηέντων εὔφωνα καθέστηκεν ἔν τε τοῖς μυγμοῖς καὶ σιγμοῖς. ...
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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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