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A dozy question

This is probably a dozy question, but here goes.

I learnt Latin at school eons ago and I have recently started reading 'Learn Ancient Greek' by Peter Jones.

My dozy question is "will learning to speak modern Greek enable me to read ancient Greek texts?" (I'm thinking of getting a CD based course on MG to learn pronunciation)

Please excuse my ignorance on the subject.


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Alexandrian grammarians

I tried to find in Internet Dionysios of Halikarnassos' famous instructions about ancient Greek poetry, his instructions that are so many times mentioned here in this forum by many people who use him ad nauseam to justify pitch pronunciation, but, alas, failed to find any link.

Can anyone please post a link for Dionysios' or any other original instruction written by ancient Greeks about correct pronunciation of Greek and proper use of the acute, grave ...
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Aoidoi.org: The Shield of Achilles

Hi Everyone,

With some very expert help from two Textkit members, William Annis and Chad Bochan, I've created a document (available here) with notes for Iliad 18.478-608, the construction of Achilles' shield by Hephaestus. It offers grammatical details for nearly every word, as well as additional notes I've collected about the passage.

The Shield of Achilles is a fascinating section. It reads like a self-contained section, and, indeed, some scholars have suggested that it is ...
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Three years

Aoidoi.org is three years old, as of October 10. I made it through the terrible twos alive! :)

There is a major Homeric commentary coming soon - thanks to swiftnicholas - which I had hoped to have ready for the birthday, but as usual reality got in the way. It should be ready within the week, I believe.
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A question out of curiousity...

Today in a bookstore I saw two beginner Greek textbooks I had never heard of before - Paine's "Beginning Greek" and Peter Jones' "Learn Greek". I am past the begginer level in Greek, so I am not considering purchasing these books, but if anyone here has used either of these books, I am curious on your views.

Paine's book is in a way similar to Pharr - it focuses on giving the learner unadapted Greek ...
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for begginers of Greek

I think Homer is a good place to start and Textkit has a free PDF to download to boot, as well as a forum designed for it.

but I did come accross this site and thought I would share it with our members as somtimes new folks ask starting questions and there are some useful tools here.

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Books for study of Herodotus


In a short while I'm going to have to do some serious work on bits and pieces of Herodotus for a history course; I was wondering if anyone could reccommend a good edition to work out of. A commentary or two wouldn't go amiss either - I'd particularly be interested in any that have good references to secondary literature and/or other sources, and the kind that don't just say 'X ancient river corresponds to ...
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A beginner's questions


I'm in Greek 101 and am currently using Athenaze (the assigned textbook) and Donald Mastronarde's Introduction to Attic Greek. The class is very poorly taught (learning and using accents is optional; pronounce and stress as you see fit) and I've more or less gone the self-teaching route, using the class as a review session and a pace-setter. The plan was one chapter of Athenaze per week, so I've been doing just that, although I'm ...
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It´s a shame

I never undreud why the people forgot this important lengage i think it´s a beatifull way to express the fellings...i hope one day we can use again this way to comunicate....bye
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tmesis in homer

hi, i just read that preverbs are already appended to their verbs in mycenean (i.e. pre-homeric) greek, e.g. a)pe/dwke, e0pide/dastoi.

(Yves Duhoux, Le système verbal grec: L'état mycénien, Proceedings of the Int. Colloq. in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Raphael Kühner's Ausführliche..., Amsterdam 1986)

does this mean that 'tmesis' common in homer (i.e. separating the preverb from the verb, often throwing the object inside, e.g. ... Iliad 1.25, e0pi\ mu=qon e1tellen) ...
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