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Ὁ Δεσμώτης

ὁ ἕκτος: ποῦ εἰμι;
ὁ δεύτερος: ἐν τῇ κώμῃ.
ὁ ἕκτος: τί χρῄζετε;
ὁ δεύτερος: μάθησιν.
ὁ ἕκτος: πρὸς τίνος ἐστέ;
ὁ δεύτερος: τοῦτ᾽ ἂν μηνύσαι. χρῄζομεν μάθησιν... μάθησιν... μάθησιν.
ὁ ἕκτος: οὐ κτήσεσθε.
ὁ δεύτερος: ἀμόθεν γέ ποθεν κτησόμεθα.
ὁ ἕκτος: τίς εἶ;
ὁ δεύτερος: ὁ νέος δεύτερος.
ὁ ἕκτος: τίς ἐστι ὁ πρῶτος;
ὁ δεύτερος: σὺ ὁ ἕκτος εἶ.
ὁ ἕκτος: ἀριθρὸς οὔκ εἰμι, ἐλεύθερός γ᾽ ἀνήρ εἰμι!
ὁ δεύτερος γελᾷ.

...It's probably ...
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Accent rules

Hello, this is my first post. My apologies if this has been posted before. It's a very basic question.

I'm struggling to apply the rules of accent, and reconcile them with verb forms. As I understand it, no acute accent may occur on the antepenult.

Why then does the fifth form of certain verbs flout this convention? For example: κεκέλευσμαι, λέλυμαι.

Thanks for any input. This is really barring my progress!
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2 years of Greek

A second year of Greek.

Last year's post here.

Here's a section of the Anabasis that I read aloud, translating into English as I go to give you an idea of where I'm at right now: video

It has been two years now since I began my serious study of Greek. During this past year, I've found that my accidence began to come in at reading speed. At the end of the last year, I ...
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notes for Chariton's romance

Chariton's romance is one of easiest Ancient Greek texts but that is not to say it is easy - not for me anyhow. I have been making notes for my own use when I finally suss a sentence out. Thinking this might possibly be useful for others I have uploaded it. I would be interested to hear if others find the same things difficult and of course if anyone spots an explanation that suggests I ...
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Mastronarde ch. 41

Almost done: just this chapter and the next to go. Here he introduces the pluperfect, and he explains the tense as follows:

The Greek pluperfect indicative corresponds to the Greek perfect as the Greek imperfect indicative corresponds to the Greek present: the perfect expresses an action completed in the past with permanent results in the present, while the pluperfect expresses an action completed in the deeper past with permanent results in the more recent past. ...
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Help with translation

Hey, I can't seem to translate these sentences:
1) πολλῶν ὁ καιρὸς γίγνεται διδάσκαλος
What I get is: the right time becomes a teacher of many things. What's the subject? if it's ὁ καιρὸς, then what is the role of διδάσκαλος? What is the predicate? and why is πολλῶν in genitive?
2) σύν μυρίοις τὰ καλὰ γίγνεται πόνοις
What I got is: " together with many things, the beautiful becomes suffering". Is that correct? why ...
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preposition/case questions

So I've got the hang of εἰς, ἐν, ἐκ, ἀπό, etc.—what the general directions of all (well, most) of the prepositions mean/are. I have a pretty good grasp of the cartoon with the kid and the lion, and the one with the mice and the cheese.

What I don't have is a way to remember which of κατὰ τόν vs. κατὰ τοῦ means "according to" and which "against," μετὰ τόν vs. μετὰ τοῦ vs. μετὰ ...
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Accents and pronunciation.

Hi all

I know that there have been a few posts on learning greek accents which I have found very useful, but what I specifically am looking for is examples of 'correct' (supposedly?) pronunciation, that takes into account the accents. Does anyone know of any recordings of this available online?


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about elision on JACT exercise

I wonder for a while how a dropping vowel can make a sentence ambiguous for a novice mind
an example from JACT Grammar and exercise 2nd ed, test exercise chptr 10 line 18
τι ου καλουμεν δητα την λυσιστρατην, η ποιησαιτ'αν ημιν σπονδας μονη;
at first, in my mind I read this sentence as
'why dont we call Lisistrata then, who alone you would make for us truce?'
I read ποιησαιτ'αν as ποιησαιτε αν. but ...
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Soph. OT 1247-50 Optatives in indirect discourse

Soph. OT 1247-50
κάλει τὸν ἤδη Λάϊον πάλαι νεκρόν,
μνήμην παλαιῶν σπερμάτων ἔχουσ', ὑφ' ὧν
θάνοι μὲν αὐτός, τὴν δὲ τίκτουσαν λίποι
τοῖς οἷσιν αὐτοῦ δύστεκνον παιδουργίαν·
γοᾶτο δ' εὐνάς, ἔνθα δύστηνος διπλοῦς
ἐξ ἀνδρὸς ἄνδρα καὶ τέκν' ἐκ τέκνων τέκοι.

... calling on Laius, now long a corpse, remembering their love-making long ago, which had brought him death, leaving her to bring forth a progeny accursed by one that was his own; and ...
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