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vowel quality

Hello! I'm new to this fabulous site and a relative beginner in the study of Ancient Greek. There is a matter for which I have yet to find a satisfactory answer. It may have already been addressed in these posts (though I haven't found it if it has). So, at the risk of being accused of beating an apsyxos hippos (if I could get the SPIonic font to kick in, I would), here is my ...
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Translation Help: Thucydides VII

Thucydides VII, 78.7:

oi(/ te a)/lloi* teuco/menoi w(=n e)piqumei=te/ pou e)idei=n kai\ oi( )Aqhnai=oi th\n mega/lhn du/namin th=j po/lewj kai/per peptwkui=an e)panorqw/sontej


Others will achieve that wish you desire... but what's the epidein doing?

Thucydides VII, 84.5:

kai\ to\ u(/dwr eu)qu\j die/fqarto*, a)ll' ou)de\n h(=sson e)pi/neto/ te o(mou= tw=| phlw=|* h(|matwme/non kai\ perima/xhton h)=n toi=j polloi=j.

I get the idea here: they drink muddy and bloody water, but I'm not sure how ...
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Self-Learning Greek

Hi all --

I'm a full time college student majoring in classical languages. Due to a schedule conflict, I can't take first semester Greek in the fall and don't want to have to put it off a year. My professor doesn't think trying to learn a semester's worth of Greek on my own is do-able.

So... I'd like to see what you all think about it. I'd need to go from complete scratch to being ...
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dactyllic hexametre

After finishing the Iliad, I had a sudden urge to render my signature in dactyllic hexametre. So here 'tis:

gnw/sij a1gei xarmonh\n kai\ r9w&mhn toi=j ti\s 9a0nqrw&poij.

While I realise one line of dactyllic hexametre, by itself, is probably pointless; I partially wanted to check that I understand the rules. :)


EDIT: Spelling of xarmonh/n.
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Translation from ancient Greek - A.S.A.P.

Χαίρετε,

I need a second opinion on something please.

προσθε δε ων εμοιγε δοκεει ουδε το Πελασγικον εθνος, εον βαρβαρον, ουδαμα μεγαλως αυξηθηναι


Please provide a free and a proper translation on this. I need YOUR translation, I need YOUR opinions. Thank you.
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oikos & oikia

Are there any other pairs of words like oikos and oikia - masculine and feminine variants with little or no significant semantic difference?

The more the better. Thanks.
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Translation Help: Thucydides VII, 81.5

Thucydides VII, 81.5:



to gar apokinduneuein pros anqrwpous apovevohmenous ou pros ekeinwn mallon hn eti h pros twn aqhnaiwn, kai (ama feidw te tis egigneto ep' eupragia hdh safei mh proanalwqhnai tw kai enomizon kai (ws tauth th idea katadamasamenoi lhyesqai autous


Cannot work this out. Something to do with not wantig to throw one's life away...

Thanks
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epi + genitive

epi + genitive

How can this logically denote motion towards a place? The genitive case took on the ablative I thought...

The only suggestion I've heard is that this use is like the use of the genetive to show something that somebody touches, aims for etc. The cases of epi + genitive I've come across have to a certain extent had a sense of making for the place (ep' oikou for instance)

thucy
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Clemency?

Is there a greek equivalant to the english word meaning clemency? In english there is kind of a subtle difference between mercy and clemency and I'm just wondering if greek has different words to express the same difference.

thanks.
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o(ra/w or ei)/dw

The aorist active for o(ra/w and for ei)/dw is listed as ei)=don.
Looking at the stems I would think that ei)=don belongs to ei)/dw.

I don't think ei)/dw occurs in NT Greek so it makes sence that the Koine grammars list this form under o(ra/w but why is it listed for o(ra/w in Classical Greek also, instead of just leaving a blank?
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