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I have just recently begun studying Attic Greek and do not fully understand the accentuation system. The question I have concerns the reasons why the acute can only be on the antepenultimate syllable if the ultima is short. Does every word in Greek follow the rule that only one mora can follow contonation? I have not been able to find a site which thoroughly explains the logic and reasoning behind the rules of contonation and ...
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Pindar and Nemea 1

I am working on Pindar's Nemean 1. I was just wondering if anyone would know anything about the meter of the poem. I need the schema for it (the strope and epode.) Although I think I can figure out the meter for myself, I just need to double-check it. Any help would be appreciated!

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Basic question about accent marks


I've recently gotten back into Greek, having studied it about 15 years ago in high school. Needless to say, it's turning my brain into a pretzel, but I love it! Was just wondering if anyone had any advice on whether I should memorize and use the accent marks from the get-go. I'm sure the right answer is "yes," but gee it would make my life easier to ignore them for a while. I am ...
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Some questions on Lysias XXV, 7-11


I am reading this piece from Lysias 25: Defense Against a Charge of Subverting the Democracy.

As I read it, Lysias is defending an oligarch who is saying that the question of the constitution comes down to what benefits one the most. I thought Lysias was a democrat? Did he not care about his clients' opinions?

And how could he think this line of arguing would win over an assembly of wholehearted democrats, sitting ...
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Anyone here read this book?

I stumbled across this book today and it looks interesting. Has anyone here ever read it?


It concerns itself with a certain type of homeric description style.

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Tagged PDF Files

Hey everyone, I've been trying to load some PDF files onto my palm pilot, which is frighteningly outdated, and it gives me some line about the PDF files needing to be tagged so that when they are created for the palm, they actually work properly. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to transfer some of these files? I think the problem is that the Adobe reader is converting them as images, as opposed to ...
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LSJ help

I was assigned, being the overactive Greek student I am, to look up a certain phrase in the LSJ Supplement. I, um, can't find it, partly because the LSJ supplement doesn't seem to do things by phrases and partly because I can't seem to see the relevence of anything I could find to the words under discussion.

The phrase was foinikisth\n basi/leion from page 62, line 4-5 of Mather and Hewitt's "Xenophon's Anabasis: Books I-IV." ...
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How do you know whether you have the most recent SPIonic fon

How can you tell you have the most recent version of SPIonic Greek font, since all the files are labelled: SPIONIC_TTF?
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weak vs strong grades

In vowel gradation, why are some vowels called strong and others weak?
What is strong or weak about them?
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More Aristophanes

Aristophanes Ranae:

I am familiar with oi)mwze as a colloquial "be hanged", but I am a little more troubled by the indicative in line 178. Literally, the second half of the line seems to translate as "will he be not be hanged?" ou)k oi)mw/cetai;.
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