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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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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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Is there an obscure rule, subsumed with the other rules by the concept 'Euphony of Consonants,' to which one can ascribe the present perfect active form of the verb pe/mpw being pe/pomfa? I really do not want to have to memorize six principal parts of each verb; the four principal parts of Latin verbs are hard enough to remember... (all I do is complain ;) )
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I see from LSJ (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/pt ... %3D%231212) that a)delfo/j means brother or more specifically son of the same mother.<br /><br />Does this mean it usually refers to half-brothers? If so, what about half-brothers through the father or full brothers? What were they called?
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Anabasis II.v.10

Could someone explain the grammer to me here?<br />Thanx!
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Textkit Tutorial - Notes on the Aorist Morphology

This thread was created to discuss the Textkit Tutorial<br />Notes on the Aorist Morphology by William Annis<br /><br />Introduction:<br />Traditional grammars of classical Greek enumerate two forms of the aorist. For the beginner this terminology is extremely misleading: the second aorist contains two distinct conjugations. This article covers the formation of all types of aorist, with special attention on the athematic second aorist conjugation which few verbs take, but several of them happen to be ...
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Imperative endings

i)/qi is the 2nd sg. imperative of ei)=mi<br />This is not a regular ending, but ei)=mi seems to be a bit of an odd kind of verb.<br />klu=qi is also an imerative and it has the same ending. Is this ending more regular than I am thinking or am I missing something obvious?<br />Thank you
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Sometimes I don't know if an adjective belongs to one noun or to more of them. Here are some examples:<br />Section 143 line 4 of Pharr; e(khbo/loj e)poixetai prw=ton ou)rh=aj kai\ ku/naj a)rgouj <br /> Does a)rgou/j belong to both ou)rh=aj and ku/naj or only to ku/naj<br />Line 5 is similar; o)le/kontai ou)rh=ej kai ku/nej aryoi/<br />I assume it only belongs to dogs because swift is not generaly considered a apt description for mules.<br />But ...
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