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Polytonic greek keyboard decals?

I'm not learning Homeric Greek just yet, but I thought I'd check to make sure my computer is good for typing in the Greek alphabet ( I use Linux, so I wasn't sure at first). It seems I'm good to go, but I'd like some keyboard decals to but on my keyboard that will show the Greek polytonic layout physically. There I'm having some troubles. I can find general Greek language decals, but not all ...
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LIBERTY, LIBERATE, LIBERATOR (English words of Greek origin)

The ancient Greek word for the adjective free was elitheros. Its Aeolic form was eliferos (e-lifer-os). The root lifer- became liber- in Latin and it was adopted by several European languages.

From this root: liberty, liberal, liberate, liberation, liberator, liberally, liberality, liberalist, liberalize, libertinism, libertine, libertarian.

In modern Greek:
a) eleftheros: free
b) eleftheria: freedom
c) eleftherono: to liberate, to set free
d) eleftherotis: liberator
e) eleftherotypia: freedom of the press (elefthero + typ-ia):

e-lifer-os ...
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plural names of cities

Is it known why the names of many prominent cities in Greek and Latin are plural nouns? e.g. Ἀθῆναι, Δελφοί, Θῆβαι, Cannae. Under the heading for Ἀθῆναι, my Lewis & Scott says:

used in pl., because it consisted of several parts

That seems really unlikely to me. Is there a consensus on this?
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dramatic question

I'm puzzled by a line in the Bacchae, 1223:

ἤδη κατ’ ἄστυ τειχέων ἔσω βεβὼς

The sense of it's clear enough to me. But I can't tell why the two nouns are as they are, especially why τείχη is genitive. Any ideas?
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Hippocratic Oath

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ERROR fix in LSJ for PALM and BetaCode version

Sorry, but I have found an error created while converting Greek fonts to the PALM platform. Please download the latest version.

Also note: A BetaCode headword input version has also been released.

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CHURCH (English words of Greek origin)

The word church comes from the German kirika (in modern German the church is Kirche), which derives from the Greek Kyriakon (house of the Lord) from Kyrios (ruler, Lord). It is an example of the direct Greek to German progress of many words via the Goths. From German it was also picked up by Slavic (Slavic: criky, Russian: cerkov).

In modern Greek:
a) Kyriakon: church (usually in monasteries)
b) Kyriake: Sunday
c) Kyrios: the Lord, ...
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