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The Relationship of Voice and Transitiveness

I've looked at a few grammars, but I'm still confused about how voice--especially the middle voice--relates to transitiveness. In Dana and Mantey's book, I read that transitiveness belongs to the verbal idea, and that voice sometimes affects the verbal idea (Section.151). From Smyth (Section.1717) I gathered that the Direct Reflexive Middle would indicate transitiveness, because the self is the direct object. But Smyth also says (Section.1706) that the object of a transitive verb is always ...
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Something I was wondering about~Very Advanced Question

Hi Everyone,

I have one of those more advanced questions about Classical Greek. Has there been any kind of writing that has come to light from the time of Homer?
I know that papyrus scraps have been found in Egypt basically in what we would call trash piles today. Has anything been found there relating to this?
I have wondered about the early language and if there was ever anything else found written in the ...
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Grammars

I don't like searching throught PDF files, so I think I should buy a grammar.

Is Smyth still considered to be the best available?
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Today's Composition Assignment: Blame

The theme: people who steal books from libraries.

Iambics are the customary meter for abuse, but this isn't required. I'll post mine in a few days.
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Dictionaries

Hey everyone, I was wondering what you may recommend for a good classical Greek dictionary? There's a few different ones I've seen, one by James Morwood, another by Liddell-Scott, and I've heard of one by a Woodhouse (that contains a good English-Greek section). Anyways, what do you guys and gals think? Any advice? thanks!

john
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Blank downloads?

Hello,

I have downloaded the "Introduction to the language of verse in Homer", the "Odyssey book XII" and "First Greek Writer" successfully. However when I tried to download Goodwin's "Greek Grammar" it was blank except fo the title page. I also tried to download Smyth's "Greek Grammar for Colleges" and the same thing happened. Has anybody else had this problem? I downloaded the writer in between the other two, so I don't think it's my ...
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Is it advisable to study Greek before Latin?

Hello and greetings to all. I'm a new member, and I would like to begin studying Latin and Greek using some of the texts available on this site.

The question I have is whether it would be preferable to learn Greek before Latin, or vice versa. From what I understand, it is standard to learn Latin first, but is there is a pedagogical reason for this?

Please let me know your views on this.
Best, ...
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Koine to Classical

Just wondering if anyone could reccomend the best texts for learning classical greek, having taken koine. Is the transition very difficult? Can anyone explain the major differences to me? Thank you much!
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Cases in Greek

Hey everyone, I'm working through the different cases (or at least some of them) presented in Athenaze, and is it just me, or does it seem like an awful lot to swallow at one time? Does anyone have an indepth recommendation for a chart of sorts for the different cases/genders/types of nouns/adjectives? Thanks again for your guy's help!!

John
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The verb estin (he/she/it is) and related verbs

Hey everyone, quick question about this verb. In a sentence such as "He is waiting for the oxen," is it necessary to use "estin (sorry greek fonts don't work on my cpu)" or is "he is" contained in the verb for waiting? I know that most of the time it is like this, but are there exceptions? thanks for helping!

john
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