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Any thoughts on Daitz's reconstructed pronunciation ?

I am listening all the time to prof. Daitz's recordings of Ancient Greek and I am completely under the spell of the powerful and highly musical sound of the language as reconstructed by that American scholar.

Do you think this reconstruction is accurate? I have read very unfavorable comments on the Web (from Greeks !) who say that Sydney Allen and Stephen Daitz relied too heavily on clues provided by the Latin transcription of Greek ...
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Translation Help

Xai/rete File/llhnej,

While reading and understanding a Greek sentence or passage is not too difficult, the metaphrasis from Greek to proper English can be Herculean. For example, the following short passage, which is about the creation of mankind by Prometheus, looks very easy, yet I'm still not 100% satisfied with my translation--needs an English major's touch.

dia\ de\ tou=to polloi\ e)/ti ei)si/n oi(\ ta\ me\n sw/mata a)nqrw/pwn e)/xousin, ta\j de\ yuxa\j zw/|wn.

My humble translation: ...
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Why not Unicode?

Newbie question. I understand the choice of the SPIonic font for the TextKit fora, since it's basically betacode (in my opinion, the second best standard for representing Classical Greek), but why not Unicode (the best standard)? After all, fonts are freely available, the character mapping is standard, keyboard mappings are whatever people set up for themselves, and Unicode is the way of the future. (Admittedly, my e-mail program does not yet support Unicode, but that's ...
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Translation Request


Nothin scholarly about my question, but hopefully someone can help.

My father-in-law Peter Mouhlas was Greek, died about 10 years ago. He always called his daughter/my wife by the pet name Boodle Bug. Even in later years he still called her Boodle.

Last fall we bought a sailboat and I would like to name it Boodle II, Boodle 2, Boodle the 2nd, something along those lines. I'd like to put the II, 2, or ...
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Greek Comp, Steingarten

Right now I'm reading It Must've Been Something I Ate by Jeffrey Steingarten. He's a food essayist. I just read this wonderful little paragraph, and this seems like a challenge without being insurmountable:

The great Brillat-Savarin declared, "We can learn to be cooks, but we must be born knowing how to roast." I often lie awake nights worrying about whether I was born to roast. It can be total agony.

I'll post my own attempt ...
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Memorizing conjugations and declensions--Help!


I'm a college student with serious problems memorizing noun
declensions and verb conjugations-- :shock:

My brain keeps trying to cling to patterns that keep getting
altered with subsequent chapters. We're using Hansen
& Quinn's Greek Course.

Is there anything anyone can offer? What's best to do,
memorize each list of endings, knowing that contractions
and such will change all but a few instances later?

I'd love ...
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I only know a little koine, been working mostly on Latin.
Could someone translate this for me ??

Ηλίθια κατσίκια αυτές τις μέρες. Δεν έχουν καμία ηθική εργασίας!
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greek fonts followup

Well I promised to show you guys what I was doing with all those greek fonts a few weeks ago. I ended up hand-drawing it anyway, and then Johnny (the artist) fleshed them out--for my first tattoo! :)

In case you're wondering, it's a quote from 1 Cor 15:10 and the o is a relative pronoun, not an article (lest I be accused of blasphemy... lol).

What think ye?
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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?
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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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