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A problem and a question

I know this is silly in so many ways, but I'll ask anyway.

Is there a way (a dictionary perhaps) that might help me with using era appropriate words?

By era, I mean everything between 1st c. AD and say 15th c. ? I know this is broad, I know people used different language according to education, class etc. I'd like what is called Μεσαιωνική Ελληνική Δημὠδης Γλώσσα. Of course, this term brings to mind ...
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I came across parathēráxousan in a passage, taking the word as a present active singular feminine accusative participle. However, I wasn't able to find its lexical form in the latest unabridged LSJ. Anyone have a clue? Or did I overlook something? Thanks!
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Which is best if I want to read Homer & the NT?

I'm considering these texts. I really want to read (not translate where possible) Homer, and I'd like to be able to read the New Testament as well. I've limited myself to books that have an available answer key.

1. Beetham's Beginning Greek with Homer (own this, have done a bit of it)
2. A Reading Course in Homeric Greek (own revised 1st bk and original 2nd bk)
3. JACT Reading Greek (is the older edition ...
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A question on iternet terms

How do you say "forum" in greek? I have been thinking about modern terms, and how to say them, but other than the vague αγορά, I can't think of anything else for "forum".
For keyboard I'd use the modern word, πληκτρολόγιο, which is good enough for the job. For an audio recording it would be ηχογράφηση, but what about "video"?

Any tips on the words you usually use?
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Ancient Greek Resources in Ancient Greek

Inspired by Theocritus's post, I'm listing here some resources to learn Ancient Greek in Ancient Greek:

Διονυσίου τοῦ Θραικὸς τέχνη γραμματική

Theodosii Alexandrini Grammatica

Γραμματικὴ Κωνσταντίνου Λασκάρεως

Ἡ κατ'ἐπιτομὴν γραμματικὴ ὑπὸ Νεοφύτου Δούκα.

Do you have more to suggest? I limited myself to books printed in the XIX century and later, since I found more complex ligatures in earlier books hard to decipher.
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Why an optative? (Eur. IT. 85-86)

Euripides' IT, 85-86:

''σὺ δ᾽ εἶπας ἐλθεῖν Ταυρικῆς μ᾽ ὅρους χθονός,
ἔνθ᾽ Ἄρτεμίς σοι σύγγονος βωμοὺς ἔχοι'' (Orestes speaking just after he and Pylades reached the temple)

So, this might be an odd question, but for some reason, I can't understand the optative here. And why is it present tense?

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emauta^i (fem. dat. of emautou ?)


I'm unsure about this word, emauta^i.
I wonder if the fem. dat. ending -e^i should be -a^i in some district of Greece.
By what index key word should I search about this form variation in Smyth ?

te^n pros Anebo^ ton emon mathe^te^n pemphtheisan epistole^n emouta^i gegraphthai nomisas

the meaning would be "considering the letter sent to Anebo my disciple to have been written to me myself".
But this "me" should be ...
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odd (to me) present participle in Herodotos

This is the story where the King of Lydia wants to build ships to fight the Aegean islanders. His advisor, rather than tell him that the idea is silly directly, tells him the islanders are raising cavalry to fight him on land. The King says "The chance would be a fine thing"....

νησιώτας δὲ τί δοκέεις εὔχεσθαι ἄλλο ἤ, ἐπείτε τάχιστα ἐπύθοντό σε μέλλοντα ἐπὶ σφίσι ναυπηγέεσθαι νέας, λαβεῖν ἀρώμενοι Λυδούς ἐν θαλάσσῃ, ἵνα ὓπερ ...
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acc. & inf.

Can or must Crito 43 b 10 sq. be read as acc. & inf.?

πλημμελὲς εἴη ἀγανακτεῖν τηλικοῦτον ὄντα
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New OCT Herodotus and speculation

The introduction to Simon Hornblower's Cambridge Green & Yellow series edition of Herodotus Book V just arrived. I see from the Preface that Nigel Wilson is working on a new OCT Herodotus. I wonder whether a new Thucydides is in the works, too. OUP sales have featured the first volumes of both Herodotus and Thucydides--are they trying to reduce stock? And why are they selling LSJ at such a ridiculously low price?
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