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Ancient Greek texts

Compared to the amount of Ancient Greek prose and poetry that came down to us on manuscripts, how much more (and which texts) in proportion has been recovered on papyri found in Egypt?

Is there a full list of known Ancient Greek texts?
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alleged-cause clause introduced by ὅτι

Dickey (p. 131) states: "To indicate alleged cause, one asserted by the subject of the sentence but not positively confirmed by the author, a causal clause can have an optative verb in secondary sequence."
Do I understand correctly that,
(1) to indicate alleged cause, one has to use an optative verb, and
(2) since an optative verb can be used only in secondary sequence, there is no way to indicate alleged cause by a clause ...
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The Proclus inscription at Dura

The following is a sketch of a Greek inscription that I'd like to get some further information upon. It was discovered at Dura Europos and is dated to the early to mid 3rd century.


A description of this inscription is provided in "Pre-Constantinian nomina sacra in a Mosaic and Church Graffiti "by James R. Wicker (Southwestern Journal of Theology • Volume 52 • Number 1 • Fall 2009}

Number 18 is a graffito below ...
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Plato, Apology 26 a4

δῆλον γὰρ ὅτι ἐὰν μάθω, παύσομαι ὅ γε ἄκων ποιῶ.
Some editors & scholars (e.g., de Strycker/Slings) believe that ὅ here is a problem and consider two possible solutions to it:
a. to read οὗ instead. I understand that this would provide παύσομαι with the genitive it needs. Yet this also would, as it seems to me, deprive ποιῶ of the accusative it needs. Am I getting it right that, on this reading, this would ...
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Model editions for standard line numbers in drama

If I'm correct, the line numbers of modern editions of Greek drama are standardized based on one early edition. It seems to be almost impossible to find information about which editions the standards are based on. Does anyone know which editions are used? I need to know the first edition which is used as a standard, not some later edition conforming to this.
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Earliest Autographs

My question is a bit difficult to phrase...

Whose is the earliest autograph that is still extant?

Are there verifiable examples earlier than King Odoacer?
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ὡραῖος re-etymologised seems plausible to me

Fitting ὡραῖος' sense of "beautiful" into a single etymological sequence, about "timely"-ness seems cumbersome.

Since ὁράω was a common everyday verb, I find it conceivable that ὡραῖος was re-etymologised in the popular imagination to mean "having the quality that we like to look at", "worth looking at", "beautiful", rather than ignoring the similarity and imagining that speakers in the post-classical period just extended the meaning of "youthful" to its connotation of "beautiful" - which extension ...
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Writing IPA

Browsing recent Textkit posts has rekindled a question I have often had before, done some research on, and then quickly abandoned: Does anyone have recommendations or guidance on (1) IPA keyboards & fonts for Windows 10 (in my case) or Mac, and (2) writing IPA on the internet (e.g., in Textkit)?

(On Joel's recommendation, I have posted this topic on the Learning Greek forum, since indeed IPA would probably most often be useful in discussions ...
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Searching between the fields in online lexica?

Is there a way to search for parts of the entries which are neither lemmata nor meanings in an online version of LSJ? I want like to be able to search for something as non-specific as "ii" and to get heaps of nonsensical results. Then perhaps to be able to search within the returned results.

Both Perseus and TLG seem to be too efficient and clean in their categorisation of elements into data fields. I ...
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Machine-readable Greek lexicon w/variant forms?

As part of my effort to memorize Greek words, including all the different moods/tenses/cases/etc. (see here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=65103 ), I’m trying to program some kind of flashcard thingy for my computer.

I’ve found this GitHub project extremely helpful: https://github.com/gcelano/LSJ_GreekUnicode It’s the entire Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek lexicon, in TEI XML format. It’s great to have the LSJ as something machine-readable, but I’d like to go a ...
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