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The aorist of ἀφικνεομαι

Just wondering why the aorist of ἀφικνεομαι does not seem to be augmented?
Eg why is 'he arrived' ἀφικετο and not ἠφικετο?
Thanks in advance :)
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Greek word usage query

A while ago I wrote some Greek Homeric-type poetry, called "Arateia Notia", about the stars as seen in Australia (as I saw them there in June-July 1984). Many of the constellations seen there are not much like the people and objects that they are named after, so sometimes I used these words with these meanings:-

ἀειδής :: "not resembling", "unlike"
οὒκ εἰδής :: "not resembling", "unlike"
οὒ μάλα εἰδής :: "not much resembling"

Are these ...
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Query about σωος

Why does σωος decline like ἡμετερος if its stem does not end in ι, ρ or ε ?
In other words, why is the feminine sg σωα, σωαν etc and not σωη, σωην etc?
Thank you in advance
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Günther Zuntz's Griechischer Lehrgang: A Review

Professor Günther Zuntz wrote a Greek Course (or a primer, as he called them) named Griechischer Lehrgang in three volumes. The first edition (1983) of his course is available free online at the Munich’s Digital Library:




(There is a second edition (1991), very hard to come by, which I have only been able to consult in libraries, in which I have only been able to detect the correction of a few misprints, ...
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Books On Greek Prepositions

I have come to realize that prepositions are my weak point in my Ancient Greek studies. Does anyone have any recommendations of books dealing with Ancient Greek prepositions (preferably not under copyright and on google books/archive).

I found this one so far:
A treatise on the Greek prepositions, and on the cases of nouns with which they are used
https://books.google.com/books?id=_ZUCA ... ns&f=false
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Specialized lexica by author

Ok, so we have:

- Homer: R. J. Cunlife - A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect
- Pindar: William J. Slater - Lexicon to Pindar
- Bacchylides: Douglas L. Gerber - Lexicon in Bacchylidem
- Herodotus: J. Enoch Powell - A Lexicon to Herodotus

...and they are so useful when reading and translating and researching word occurrences in these authors! Do you know other great lexica specialized in one author?

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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 1094b

I have been slowly making my way through Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and I came across a sentence in the first book that seems to contain some philosophical idioms that Aristotle is apparently known to employ.
Are there any resources available online that detail Aristotle's philosophical idioms. I found a few books that seem to address Greek philosophical terms in general on amazon but they seems to just cover basic vocabulary terms. I am looking for ...
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Strabo's Geography 1.1.1

I had a question about Strabo's geography in the first paragraph of the first book (1.1.1).

There is a line at the end of the paragraph that contains the phrase "τὸν αὐτὸν ὑπογράφει ἄνδρα, τὸν φροντίζοντα τῆς περὶ τὸν βίον τέχνης καὶ εὐδαιμονίας."

The full sentence:
ὡς δ᾽ αὕτως καὶ ἡ ὠφέλεια ποικίλη τις οὖσα, ἡ μὲν πρὸς τὰ πολιτικὰ καὶ τὰς ἡγεμονικὰς πράξεις, ἡ δὲ πρὸς ἐπιστήμην τῶν τε οὐρανίων καὶ τῶν ἐπὶ γῆς ...
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Beginner, grammar questions

Hello. I have worked myself through 300 pages of the Basic Greek in 30 Minutes a Day self-study, and now I am 150 pages through Dr. Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek (I have arrived at verbs, the book separates the nouns first then verbs). I am slowest at writing Greek, quicker at reading and pronouncing. Can someone please review the following sentences and correct me so I learn the language better? I am using the ...
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I'm probably getting ahead of myself -- I still have several works at least to get through before I could even think of starting this one -- but I've acquired Plato's Cratylus, which an old professor recommended and which I agree would be right up my alley, before I could forget the title and before that professor retired.

I've heard that Plato's difficulty can be all over the map. How hard is this dialogue? In ...
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