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Proper Names

Hi all

I am a relative newbie to Greek and I am a bit confused about the use of the definite article in relation to proper names. I don't think I've seen the definite article used thus in any modern language: The Harry? Le Jacques? Well, actually the Germans do use it to some extent as in Die Asta, and the Italians do it, too, except it has a specific meaning, I think.

But back ...
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starting again, learning accurately

hello

new here, but not entirely new to greek and latin.
i am a student of philosophy, currently working on my diploma thesis (on Plato and Aristotle), and therefore decided that it is about time to not only refresh my greek, but also to start anew in learning it accurately again. i took a one semester course (well, actually it was a two semester course, but i only did the first part...), learning basic greek ...
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All the Greek Verbs

I'm reading enough Greek now to get stuck on the verbs. The reviews of Marinone's reference book of All the Greek Verbs are either very positive or very negative. From the description, though, the book sounds as if it's what I need. Does anybody use this book?
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A Greek Boy at Home

The deadline job completed, I can spend a bit more time reading Greek.
I ran across a few problems that require some help.
The story I'm reading is called: a Greek Boy at Home.
1. In my first difficulty the Greek boy gives a description of some of the wildlife in the forest.
a)/gria ou)=n tau=ta ta\ de/ndra, a)/grioi de\ kai\ oi( drumoi/.
e)n de\ th=| u(/lh| kai\ dh\ kai\ e)n toi=j drumoi=j ma/lista oi)kei= ...
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and yet WE move

Hi
I'm a philosophy student currently writing an essay on Zeno's paradoxes, and thought it would be nice to bring in a disquotation by galileo...

Instead of "and yet it moves" I would like to write "and yet we move" ... I originally thought I should put in in latin, but wouldnt it be cooler to have it in greek since Zeno was greek?

I'd apreciate some help... thanks.
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translation puzzle on Aristotle's De Coloribus

Hi all,

I've been working for two years on Aristotle's Peri\ Xrwma/twn and i still have one huge translation problem (at least it's huge for me for it has been puzzling me so far :? ).
Before all just a bit of introduction to this treatise. No-one knows who actually "wrote" it, we just know it's been composed by one of Aristotle's followers probably under Theophrastus or ...
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Greek Iambics

I don't think Will has advertised a recent addition to his wonderful website, and I hope he doesn't mind my doing so, I like to point you all to
http://www.aoidoi.org/articles/meter/WritingIambics.pdf
wherein can be found, in very clear language, some hints for getting to grips with composition.

Well worth a read :D

Paul McK
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Scanning Homer

Inspired by the iambics and the Will's Intro to Greek Meter (great piece Will!!) I'm trying my hand at Homer. I 'm slowly working through Pharr. I have some doubts about scanning this line however:

polla\s d) )ifqi/mous yuca\s )/Aidi proï/ayen
ˉ ˉ | ˉ ˉ | ˉ ˉ | ˉ ˉ | ˉ ˘ ˘ | ˉ ˉ |

Is that about right? It seems rather loose for dactyls...
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Continental vs. English Dipthongs for Greek

I want to take a poll of all Greek studiers (this will determine which is the best method of pronunciation for me to study), about whether or not you use the CONTINENTAL (which I have used so far) or the ENGLISH way of pronouncing the dipthongs in greek. If you don't know what I'm talking about, here are examples:

Continental
ai = "eye"
au = the "ow" in "now"
ei = the "ay" in "say" ...
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Accentuation, encore.

Hello,

Your assistance, nevertheless cherished, was of terrible perplexity.
I am of sorrow to be as austere, and yet would rather prefer translating a passage from my French textbook, whereof a precise, pertinent elucidation would be highly valued:

" Rule of a long accentuated penult

When a word must, for any reason (accent of nominatif nouns,
accentuation of conjugated verbs, accentuation of certain
infinitives/participles), be accentuated on the penult and when that
penult is long: ...
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