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Iota subscript

I learned that a subscripted Iota does not affect pronunciation.<br />Just today I heard ...w| pronounced as oi.<br />I have always pronounced it as w. So, what does it mean that it does not affect pronunciation; Is it pronounced like a regular diphthong, or is it pronounced like the Iota is not there at all?<br />Thank you<br />Bert.
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trilled Lambda

Page 59 of Pharr makes reference to a trilled Lambda.<br />Is that just pronouncing the two Lambas in Ba/ll' individually?<br />Thank you.<br />Bert
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milestone!

ok this might seem trivial to some of you (and I know emma will smile since she's working on a similar task ;) but I just now worked through the first stanza of the odyssey. this is my first chunk of classical greek after years of koine, so that is very fun. I did alright although there were a few phrases of which I missed the meaning, but that will come with practice. <br /><br ...
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not too difficult!

Ok, first week of translating Homer (the Odyssey) is over... It wasn't quite as difficult as I had imaged it would be :). Although he uses words I've never heard of before that's not really a big problem, as they're in the dictionary.<br />Of course we haven't translated much, yet. We're right at the beginning actually, a6 or something. <br />Is the rest much harder?
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H&Q Unit 1

Could someone check my answers to this English to Greek translation exercise, please. I'm using the book as a revision text. We didn't really cover accents at school, so if you could particularly check for them I'd be very grateful.<br /><br />The themes for the unit are:<br /><br />First and Second Declension Nouns<br />The Article<br />Word Order<br /><br />1. The god educates the men.<br />2. the man sends Homer’s brother to the marketplace.<br />3. Man, ...
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zeta pronounce

Somewhy, there is a conflicting data on the ancient greek pronounce of the zh=ta letter.<br /><br />`Teach Yourself Greek' by F.Kinchin Smith and T.W.Melluish (1968) says it is `zd' and some ancient greek reciter I've found on the net also pronounces it this way;<br />`First Greek Book' says it is `z'; <br />`Ancient Greek Language' by S.I.Sobolevsky (1948) (in russian) says it is `dz'.<br /><br />So I wonder, which case is closer to the truth, ...
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Phi Beta Kappa (?)

Anyone happens to know the meaning behind “Phi Beta Kappa”, and other triads of Greek letters, that I see featuring on various college jerseys or T-shirts from the States? <br /><br /> Do they imply something? Is there any particular story behind them?<br />
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Did Homer write down his epics?

<br /> Greek scholars and amateurs of Textkit, I really need your lights on this one. Were the Iliad and the Odyssey (my favourite Greek books) written down at the times of Peisistratos, or had Homer himself already written them down at the first place? <br /><br />All that little I’ve read so far on the matter is so controversial, I’m not sure what to believe. <br /><br />What have YOU read? Could you at ...
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comedy/tragedy

Both tragw|di/a and kwmw|di/a end with w|dia, song. Now kw~mos means something like a party, but I can't find out where the trag bit comes from :(.
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Greek = tonal language?

Geía sou<br />I'd like to know if the accents (grave, acute, and circumflex) were pronounced as in Mandarin Chinese (high-falling, low-rising, and high-falling suddenly to low-rising again). They exist in Spanish and Latin (except the circumflex) but are not tonilised. Euxasistw' gia to boh'qhma saj
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