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Computer Game in ancient Greek - corrections?

I have already posted a request for help for the Greek of the computer game here:

It is possible that the reason that I have only had one suggestion is that those on the forum best able to spot errors do not have the time to go through it (or for a host of other valid reasons). It is also possible that as the composition tends to be ...
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........ ὡς δὲ πέτρος ἢ θαλάσσιος
κλύδων ἀκούει νουθετουμένη φίλων,
ἢν μή ποτε στρέψασα πάλλευκον δέρην
αὐτὴ πρὸς αὑτὴν πατέρ' ἀποιμώξηι φίλον
καὶ γαῖαν οἴκους θ', οὓς προδοῦσ' ἀφίκετο
μετ' ἀνδρὸς ὅς σφε νῦν ἀτιμάσας ἔχει.

As a rock or sea-wave she hears her friends, being rebuked, unless sometimes having turned her all-white neck, she cries out to herself over her beloved father and land and home (pl. indicates rooms?), which she deserted ...
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How do I pronounce δυναμική (dynamics)

I am involved in aerodynamics. The above Greek (δυναμική) is the root of what in English we call dynamics. I believe that the word itself means motion or movement. How would I pronounce this phonetically?

Thank You
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Beekes' Etymological Dictionary of Greek

Beekes is now out in paperback, and has been since 2016, actually, though I just found out. If the $575 hard back price tag scared you away before, the paperback is $120.

I can photograph some entries if anyone is interested. Looking over it so far, it seems to incorporate a lot of Frisk. My etymological knowledge is just about 0, however.
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Plato, Resp. 353 b8

Εἶεν, ἦν δ’ ἐγώ. οὐκοῦν καὶ ἀρετὴ δοκεῖ σοι εἶναι ἑκάστῳ ᾧπερ καὶ ἔργον τι προστέτακται; ἴωμεν δὲ ἐπὶ τὰ
αὐτὰ πάλιν· ὀφθαλμῶν, φαμέν, ἔστι τι ἔργον;
Ἔστιν. (5)
Ἆρ’ οὖν καὶ ἀρετὴ ὀφθαλμῶν ἔστιν;
Καὶ ἀρετή.
Τί δέ; ὤτων ἦν τι ἔργον;
Οὐκοῦν καὶ ἀρετή; (10)
Καὶ ἀρετή.
Why is ἦν (which I take to be imperfect of εἰμί) rather than ἔστιν there? Thanks in advance.
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simplifying paradigms/tables

Hey folks

So, I have to learn Greek for my degree, which is fine, however, I do not have the time to learn hundreds of tables/paradigms.

I've learnt the rules of contraction, thus simplifying the verb tables a hell of a lot, but I can't find any way to simplify the 3rd declension down to less than 7:

νυξ, νυκτος
πραγμα, πραγματος
τριηρης, τριηρους
πολις, πολεως
αστυ, αστεως
βασιλευς, βασιλει
οφρυς, οφρυι

it's deeply frustrating ...
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Learning Greek Vocab

Do you have any advice on learning Greek vocab? In particular, how does one learn Greek vocabulary, especially verbs, given how complicated Greek morphology can get? In Latin, learning verbs is relatively easy. I learn a lot just form reading texts, and I now make flash cards for every unknown word I encounter, studying it until I know it both ways, actively and passively. For Greek, this is more difficult since words have more principle ...
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Question on Word Order

The following question is from the Unit 7 exercises Section 3 number 5 of Mastronarde's Introduction to Attic Greek. It asks for a translation into Attic of the following text: "with the small children of the messenger." My answer was: συν τοις μικροις του αγγελου παιδιοις. The answer key listed the correct response as: συν τοις μικροις παιδιοις τοις του αγγελου. My question has to do with the correct placement of the phrase "του αγγελου." ...
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Ancient Greek word question

Hello everyone,

I have a very specific question about a word in ancient greek.Does anyone know if the concept of ''generosity'' existed in ancient greek and if yes, what was the exact word and etymology?

I would be grateful if you could let me know, I appreciate any help you can provide.

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Audio for Classical Texts in Demotic

I was wondering if any of you have happened upon classical texts put to Modern Greek pronunciation. I suppose I am looking for anything, including Koine, post-classical, Byzantine, but I would prefer ante-classical texts. Obviously, I have the NT covered-- though if you knew where to get some LXX audio, I would be grateful. Finding some Xenophon would be great.
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