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αποθνησκουσι και οι φιλοσοφοι, νεοι δε τασ ψυχας αει

Hi, I'm having trouble with the second half of this sentence. Why is τασ ψυχας in the accusative, and what does the phrase mean?


Key to Crosby?

There used to be an answer key to Crosby online, but the links are all dead. Does anybody have a copy?

A digital copy of the textbook itself is available here:


It's my favorite traditional textbook. I tried going through it early last year, but I felt that there wasn't enough reading / input practice, and I spent too much time in analysis of Greek compared to reading Greek. This year, the compactness is ...
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At long last . . .

. . . a new Loeb Theocritus, Bion and Moschus, to replace the old Greek Bucolic Poets, one of the worst of the older volumes.

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Jokes in Greek

This deserves another thread. Markos' pun with his own audio!

μωρὸς, μόνος μολὼν μόλις ἐς μῶλον, μόρον ἐκ μορῶν ἔμμορεν.

(An idiot, coming alone and with difficulty to the battle, received as his lot death from the (Spartan) divisions.)


Some Googling for "ancient Greek jokes" just now led me to discover the Φιλογέλως, which I had never heard of:


A lot of it seems to be really easy Koine Greek -- ...
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Starting Greek to GCSE

If anyone's interested in starting Attic anew, we're starting a study of Greek to GCSE on http://greek.thehebrewcafe.com.

You're welcome to join us. :)
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Athenaze Study Group - Lesson 11

Do 11α-11γ on your own.

Exercise 11δ
1. πίπτω
2. βάλλω
3. λείπω
4. ἀφικνέομαι
5. λαμβάνω
6. μανθάνω
7. ἄγω
8. εὐρίσκω
9. ἔχω
10. γίγνομαι
11. πάσχω
12. φεύγω
13. ἀποθνῄσκω
14. παρέχω

Exercise 11ε
1. ἀποθνῄσκων
2. εὑρίσκομεν
3. πίπτειν
4. μανθάνουσι(ν) (2 ways)
5. βάλλειν
6. φεύγει
7. ἀφικνούμενος
8. ἄγειν
9. γίγνομαι
10. ἔχομεν
11. πάσχων
12. λαμβάνω
13. παρέχουσι(ν) (2 ways)
14. λείπειν

Exercise 11ζ
1. ἡ γυνή, μαθοῦσα ...
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Replacing a Verb Reference Book

When I was an undergrad, I damaged a professor's book. It was my first 3000-level Greek class and I was overwhelmed, so he loaned me a syntax guide. Before he gave it to me, he made sure that I knew that he adored that book and expected it back in good condition. I managed to crack the spine and several pages detached. I returned the damaged book and just felt horrible about the whole situation. ...
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I am just starting to learn Greek

Hi, everyone,

I am just starting to learn the Greek language. I have been taking classes at my local community college, but I am sincerely stuck with what I have to translate. My grandmother and grandfather moved to the United States from Greece, which is why I am so interested in learning the language. To shorten this post, I really need some help translating this quote: "This too can be overcome" I did not want ...
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Help with the Potential Optative?

The potential usage of the optative, from what I understand, is meant to be translated with an English modal auxiliary. In fact, having consulted several textbooks and writings, it appears that nearly all of the modal auxiliaries used in English can be used to translate the potential optative. This is probably due to my lack of understanding about the formal grammar of the English language, but how does this set of, what is in my ...
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