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Hi there

Can anyone with an etymological dictionary or grammar (or knowledge anyhow) tell me why the Greek gerund in -téos, -téa, téon isn't contracted like it should be according to the regular rules?
(e.g. phileonta > philounta)

Help would be appreciated, so that I can sleep at night again. :(
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Prose Rhythm

Does anyone know of a good introductory work on Greek prose rhythm?
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just for reading?

Unlike modern languages, it's not likely that you'll ever find yourself in a conversation in Attic Greek, or for that matter do much writting.

Therefore the primary activity you'll do with Greek is read. It would seem to me that reading Greek would be much easier than speaking or writting since everything is already laid out for you. The nouns are all safe in their proper cases, verbs nicely conjugated and so forth.

So would ...
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Principal Caesura in dactylic hexameter

In reciting verses where there was no break in the sense of the verse accompanying the principal caesura, would oral poets still pause at the caesura?
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Newbie here!

Hello, I am a new Greek learner. Trying to learn Greek on my own with Athenaze. I've taken the approach that learning Greek will be a life long affair, with many stumbles along the way, but eventually I will suceede.

I guess my main interest is being able to read the New Testament and the Septuaginta in the original Greek. Once I finish with Athenaze what would you recommend I continue with?

thank you all!
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Medieval Greek

I wondered if there was a method to learn that kind of Greek or more exactly its evolution, history, &c., and which one you would recommend.
I have tried to understand it and I am able to figure out what such texts tell (ex.gr., I have had a look at Constantin Lascaris' Grammatices graecae epitome and I can understand a considerable part of the text) but I cannot produce texts by means of such ...
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CAN you tell my about this kind of books?

Hi everyone;
What is the famous biographical book or dictionary which I can find the Greek names and places in greek language translated into english.
If you know some please give me informations about them ( their names, publishers.... etc).
And if they are avaliable on the net give me links.
Iam sorry for my rude.
Thank you.
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First Person Dual Conjugation

Does anyone have an explanation for why there is no such thing as a first person dual conjugation in Homeric Greek? It seems to me very sensible. It would be like saying "We two X" and it could have a conspiratorial connotation, as in "only we two". Just seems like that would be even more practical and useful than saying "you two" or "those two".
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apparently the first year greek classes here use Athenaze... so I was thinking of picking it up and using it to brush up on my greek and to become accustomed to classical (since my background is in koine). Anyway, I see online that there are two volumes plus workbooks. Are both volumes for first year greek, or is volume 2 for second year? And do I need the workbooks or are they superfluous? It's $47 ...
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