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Self study tips?

I've been studying greek with "Greek: an Intensive Course" for awhile now. There was an informal group led by a professor, but it dissolved...I'm pressing ahead on my own.
Does anyone have any experience with self-study using this text? Any advice on how to pace myself in terms of chapters per week, daily study time?
Thanks,
Andrew
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More composition fun

It has occurred to me for a while now that Sir Winston Churchill was one of the better public speakers of recent years. Let's try to put into Greek some of his well-known comments.
Something topical to start with a sentence from My Early Life...

Mr Gladstone read Homer for fun, which I thought served him right.

Of course that could be ambiguous as it stands but I think WC's intentions are clear.
Use o( ...
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Greek nick

i just discovered that my longly used nick comes from greek.
kalainon is supposed to be dark blue or something?

i am not learning greek...
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Ancient greek discuss grup

I want to ask you: do you now any discuss group in internet in ancient greek language (attic or koine)
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greek verse composition

hi all, i thought i'd post a different type of composition exercise while we wait for some more questions in the Greek Prose Composition forum.

The sentence is Catullus 1.1

To whom do I give (this) charming new booklet?

In latin:

cui dono lepidum novum libellum


The trick is to try to do it in Catullus' metre: the hendecasyllable. This means that the line has to have 11 syllables, in this pattern:

long-long-long-short-short-long-short-long-short-long-short

the first ...
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Initia Graeca: Smith's "A First Greek Course"

Has anyone else taken a look at that new primer?

The pace seems quite intense. Can you imagine starting with such a thing?
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Your greek handwriting style...

Which kind of epsilon do you write? The reversed 3 or a C with a line in the middle? I like the C with a line in the middle, but reversed 3 is a little bit faster to write. Anyways, is there any kind of significance with the difference? I’ve looked at some papyri and I haven’t seen any of the reversed 3 being used. Another weird thing is that I only see Sigma written ...
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Homer- Odyssey - z 129

As he said this he crept from under his bush, and broke off a bough covered with thick leaves to hide his nakedness.
w(j r(u/saito peri\ xroi\ mh/dea fwto/j. (imagine two dots above the iota in xroi\).

I'm having trouble translating this sentence. I know what it means, but I just can't work out what some of the words mean. I need to translate it exactly :? ...
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Conversational Classical Greek

Rather than further the hijacking of our modern Greek visitor's introduction, I thought I'd continue some thoughts about this in a new thread.

mingshey wrote:Learning the poems by heart might help. But poems are more free from normal grammar, isn't it true for greek, too?


Quite. Still good for vocabulary, though any Greek prose you compose may have more poetic vocabulary than Aristotle would approve of. Even with the poetic freedoms, though, the basics (agreement, aspect/tense, ...
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How to learn Classical Greek if you are Greek?

Hi there.

I am a Greek. When I was a secondary school boy, I was one of the worst ever students in Ancient Greek (not as bad as in Physical Education, but bad enough). At that time, greek people who wanted to do science, had to learn Ancient Greek for two agonising and traumatic years!

I understand most ancient greek words, but grammar and especially syntax is a total nightmare! So, when I see an ...
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