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Beginner question: use of article

Getting back into Greek, I forgot how uncertain of myself I get in translations...
Following sentence from Peckett and Munday's Thrasymachus:

dhlw~ ga\r tw|~ paidi\ ta\ e0n tai=j tw~n o0lbi/wn nh/soij.

I got stuck on that ta\ in there, but if it makes the following clause substantive, I translate mechanically as:

So I am showing to the boy the things in the island of the blessed.

...and a bit more idiomatically as...

So I'm showing ...
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Elision and Prot' elision

Does Greek have Protelision similar to Latin?

Would diatribh\ e)/stiv go to diatrib\ 'stin or stay un protelided?
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Half remembered Greek epigram

Some time ago I was reading a book about the poetry of AE Housman and it included an epigram from the Greek Anthology by -I think-Leonidas of Tarentum, with the thought of there being thousands of years before you're born and thousands after you die-the vita brevis idea.
Can anyone pinpoint the epigram please and if possible give a link to the original greek?
Thanks
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Mi verbs

Greetings.

I am trying to really learn the -mi verbs once and for all. It seems to me that the best way to do this is learn them all at once, noticing the patterns and delving a little into the philology. What I've written here is what I currently know about the verbs in general (what I call 'the three classes') and then my version of the present indicative active of class I (as far ...
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Euripedes' Alkestis

Can anyone give me the names of some commentaries on Eupides' Alkestis, or his style in general? I'm havign a devil of a time with it, and Lushig and Roisman aren't comprehensive enough for me, just starting.
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How to write/draw greek characters.

Hi everyone, this is my first post as I've only just discovered this excellent site after deciding I would like to learn ancient greek and latin. So far I've only been reading about the different styles and transitions the languages have taken through time and just trying to learn a little each day. My question involves the writing of the greek characters. Is there a proper way to do this and does it make a ...
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Beginning Attic Texts

In 1988 I took an incredibly intense Attic Greek class; by the end we had read Plato's *Ion* and Euripedes *Medea*. I thought I was going to write a philosophy thesis with my new-found Greek, but my life went otherwise.

I'm trying to get my skills back, and I want them to stick this time. I'm working from the Mastronarde "Introduction to Attic Greek" text, which doesn't seem much mentioned here, but which is working ...
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Pronouncing sigma before a voiced consonant in the next word

For example (in the Iliad line 5):

Dio\j d' e0telei/eto boulh&

Should the sigma be voiced or unvoiced? Is it the same for singing as for speaking?
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info about the scholia d

hi, i was wondering if someone could explain to me a bit about the history of the scholia d... do the comments come from alexandrian scholars or later commentators? is it reliable? stuff like that, thanks :) :)

(btw it's linked here on Will's page:)

http://www.aoidoi.org/links.php
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Which book?

I want to learn Attic Greek, and I'm trying to find a book. I have no teacher. I've found Teach Yourself Ancient Greek, but I don't even know if that book teaches you Attic. It looks good though, except that it uses "c" for sigma and uses a strange order of noun/adjective cases.
Is this a good book, or what would you recommend?
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