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'The book is on the table.'

Hello, everyone, first message here.

I come from a language-related community called Unilang, and one of the things members there like doing is compiling lists of translations (on different topics) in different languages. Well, one of the sentences that showed up once was the basic 'The book is on the table.' (as another member there defined it, this expression is a kind of "Hello World!" for natural languages .). We already had the Modern ...
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infinitive with nominative?

Hi, everybody:
Here is the beginning of a sentence:

Ei gar ousia te^s en hekasto^i arete^s ho heis hyparchein Logos tou THeou me^ amphibeble^tai, ktl.

The meaning is clear, yet I do not understand why "ousia", "ho", "heis", and "Logos" are in the nominative here, rather then in accusative (as the use of the infinitive "hyparchein" seems to me to require). Is there any rule which could explain this?

Many thanks in advance.
A.
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rice wine

In an idle search for the etymology of the word 'rice'--at first I tried to find it in an Anglo-saxon dictionary-- I was led to LSJ entry o)/ruza. And a reference utters oi)/noj e)c o)ru/zhj, Ael. NA13.8

Anybody know what this abbreviation points to, or what the material talks about the rice wine, whether it is a soju(distilled) or makguli(raw)?
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Ablaut

This may be an advanced question, but I am so curious that I had to post it:

I was just wondering if the Greek ablaut grades can be traced back to their correspondent grades in Proto-Indoeuropean. If so, could all the ablaut grades in the indo-european languages be interrelated according to the sound changes relevant to each language? Even in english?

thanks in advance
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Pentathlon

Here are two hexameter lines prefaced to the Pindaric scholia (ed. Drachmann, p. 10). It seems like a neat way to remember the five events that the pentathlon consisted of -- which might be reason enough to post it -- but I also have a simple interpretative question about the last line.


(/Alma podo\j di/skou te bolh\ kai\ a(/kontoj e)rwh/
kai\ dro/moj h)de\ pa/lh: mi/a d’ e)/pleto pa=si teleuth/.

A leap of the foot, ...
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Imperatives: Aorist stem, -mi verbs

I have two questions about Greek Imperatives, either in general or as they concern New Testament Greek in particular.

1. Are all imperatives built off the aorist stem thereby considered aorist in tense? Or, can you build, for example, a present tense imperative off an aorist stem?

2. What are the rules for forming the different imperatives of -mi verbs? I can't seem to figure out any consistent rules. Is it best to just memorize ...
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Ptolemy's Epigram

The astronomer's intimations of immortality:

oi]d' o(/ti qnato\j e)gw\ kai\ e)fa/meroj: a)ll' o(/tan a)/strwn
   masteu/w pukina\j a)mfidro/mouj e(/likaj
ou)ke/t' e)piyau/w gai/hj posi/n, a)lla\ par' au)tw=i
   Zani\ qeotrefe/oj pi/mplamai a)mbrosi/hj.


2 masteu/w  PPl:  i)xneu/w Synesius     4 qeotrefe/oj  Dindorf, Page:  qeotrofi/hj P,  
diotrefe/oj  Pl,  diotrofe/oj  Synesius

AP 9.577
In Page's Further Greek Epigrams, pp. 112-13.

The identification of the author with Claudius Ptolemaeus (c. 120-50 AD) is ultimately unproveable.
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Zeta question

Just flipping through some textbooks and grammars in anticipation of the White study group, and I've come across a disagreement about how the greek letter zeta is pronounced.

Is it sd or ds?

Both pronunciations seem to have their proponents. I'd be grateful if any of you guys could provide an answer, or background to whatever dispute centres around this issue.

Cheers.
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teaching kids greek

Does anyone have any advice and/or experience teaching Greek to elementry school children? My seven year old sister has expressed interest in learning (knows the alphabet), and I also have a possiblity of teaching homeschool groups or as an extra-curricular class at an elementary school. The only curriculum I know of for that age is the "Hey Andrew, Teach Me Some Greek" at www.greeknstuff.com.
Any advice, warnings, or whatever ...
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The Old Idiosyncrat's Method for Starting Homer

In his page http://community.middlebury.edu/~harris/HomericProlegomena.pdf Prof. William Harris suggests a method that he used successfully to learn ancient greek; he copies a line of greek from the Iliad, puts a rough translation on the line below, and on the third line he adds any grammar he might need in order to understand the line. He says that by the 100th line he was starting to read with some ease, and that by the 200th line he ...
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