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ὡς πήρη πήρῃφιν ἀρήγῃ, βάκτρα δὲ βάκτροις,

I'm reading Lucian's Dead Come to Life in the Loeb edition: http://www.loebclassics.com/view/lucian-dead_come_to_life_fisherman/1921/pb_LCL130.3.xml

ὡς πήρη πήρῃφιν ἀρήγῃ, βάκτρα δὲ βάκτροις,

In Harmon's translation this is given as

“Let wallet to wallet give succour, and cudgel to cudgel,”

And the footnote gives the reference to the Iliad (2.363). But am I correct in thinking that "wallet" is more likely "cripple" here? Only πηρή instead of πηρός to make the Iliad paraphrase work? Of course, since these cudgels ...

Etymology of συμφορα/συμφορος

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Ι noticed that by changing the gender of συμφορος (which I believe is based on the verb συμφορω), the meaning is diametrically changed. Ι was wondering how, making the word feminine, can change its meaning so drastically. The masculine means "profitable/accompanying" and the feminine means "misfortune/calamity". If anyone could possible explain how the transformation happened or logically explain the thought behind it would be greatly appreciated

I also noticed ...
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Critical Apparatus


I have been looking at the teubner edition of the Anabasis http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k25361m/f10.image
and wonder if anyone could help with the critical apparatus. It doesn't seem to provide much clarity as to where anything should go or what it replaces!
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Mastonade difficult exercise sentence

This from one of the exercises half way through he gives the following in an exercise:

πῶς οὐ θεῶν τις τὴν τούτου γνώμην ἔβλαψεν, ὅς ἔλεγε μὲν ἀνόσια περὶ τοῦ θ ἡλίου τῶν τ ἀνέμων καὶ τῶν ἄλλων μετεώρων, ἐποίει δὲ πλεῖστα κακὰ τὰ ἱερά τὰ τῶν Ἐλλήνων.

My best stab is:

How not of_seeing/of_gods something the of this plan was harmed, which on the one hand wicked about the sun and the winds and ...
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εἰς ὃ καλῶς που ἔχει ἀποβλέψαντα τὸν ἀποκρινόμενον τῷ ἐρωτήσ

This is from Meno 72c. The full sentence is:
οὕτω δὴ καὶ περὶ τῶν ἀρετῶν: κἂν εἰ πολλαὶ καὶ παντοδαπαί εἰσιν, ἕν γέ τι εἶδος ταὐτὸν ἅπασαι ἔχουσιν δι᾽ ὃ εἰσὶν ἀρεταί, εἰς ὃ καλῶς που ἔχει ἀποβλέψαντα τὸν ἀποκρινόμενον τῷ ἐρωτήσαντι ἐκεῖνο δηλῶσαι, ὃ τυγχάνει οὖσα ἀρετή: ἢ οὐ μανθάνεις ὅτι λέγω;

Now I understand the meaning of the sentence (after having checked a translation), but I'm still unclear about how [καλῶς ἔχει ἀποβλέψαντα ...

Vocabulary Acquisition


My question is quite simple. Which words to learn! In the NT I have become accustomed to learning words by frequency, but this practice becomes more difficult when spreading my wings. Ultimately I wish to read fluently through the Greek Church Fathers which means thousands of pages in English.

Is it worth biting the bullet and simply learning every single word I see? I've done this a bit and found I spend little time ...
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Pronunciation Video + Reader video

I'm very curious how useful these are, and what I can improve on, especially with the second video. I plan to do continue both series of videos, and also do some actual Greek texts in the style of the second video. Probably something Koine and something Attic.

Pronunciation video:


Greek Boy Reader video:

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Athenaze Study Group - Lesson 8

Just two in 8A!

Read aloud and translate the following. Identify and explain the gender, number, case of each participle.
1. αἱ γυναῖκες παύονται ἐργαζόμεναι.
2. ὁ Φίλιππος τὸν πατέρα ὁρᾷ εἰς τὴν οἰκἴᾱν ἀφικνούμενον.
3. βουλόμενοι τὴν ἑορτὴν θεᾶσθαι, πρὸς τὸ ἄστυ σπεύδομεν.
4. ἆρ΄ ὁρᾶτε τοὺς παῖδας ταῖς καλαῖς παρθένοις ἑπομένους;
5. αἱ παρθένοι μάλα φοβούμεναι ὡς τάχιστα (as quickly as possible) οἴκαδε τρέχουσιν.
6. ἆρ΄ ἀκούεις τῶν γυναικῶν ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ ...
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New Athenaze Texts (Nov 2014)

http://www.amazon.com/Athenaze-Book-Int ... 0199363242

I just noticed on Amazon.com that Athenaze (Ἀθήναζε) is about to be re-released next month. Did anyone else notice this? Do you think the new Athenaze will be much different from the current edition?

(Of course, I found this because I was looking up Athenaze in order to buy a new copy since my copy was lost this past week.)
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studying Greek

What is the best way to study Greek?
You have to remember so many ending, infixes and so on.
I can read about something, eg how the verbs work, but remembering it and applying it to the translation exercises is more difficut.
Do you have any wisdom to give me?
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