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emendation in Crito 43 d2

Virtually all mss. have δοκεῖ μέν μοι ἥξειν (which makes perfect sense to me); but modern editions follow Buttmann in correction it to δοκεῖν μέν μοι ἥξει. Why is this emendation needed? And what is exactly the grammatical function of the infinitive (δοκεῖν) in the corrected version? Thanks for any suggestions.
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does πασχω have an imperfect form?

For example, how would you translate 'I was suffering' into Greek?
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A Hawaiian Long Diphthong Pronunciation Model

Allen claims that length differences in the long diphthongs (ᾳ, ῃ, ῳ) versus the short diphthongs (αι, ει, οι) are not sufficient to differentiate them. His proposal (value differences) has struck me as unlikely, because the long diphthongs all evolved together and the short diphthongs all evolved together. Value differences -- I would think -- would have made independent evolution more likely.

I still find it hard to differentiate the long diphthongs in my own ...
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Difference between the 2 perfect tenses of ἀπολλυμι?

for example, what's the difference between ἀπολωλα and ἀπολωλεκα?
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Acute accents on consecutive syllables

There was discussion on another thread about the possibility of acute accents on consecutive syllables. Are consecutive acutes possible or not? This comes into question with enclitics.

From this question are possibly to be distinguished (or maybe everything is, on a deeper level, connected?) cases such as κάρτά νιν, πάντά μοι, ἄλλός τις, ἔνθά ποτε, and even ἔστί τις (these examples from West 1998:XXXII, Probert 2003:149), where the first acute represents basically a properispomenon, because ...
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Question about contract nouns

I'm now here, regarding nouns.


My problem here is that the description of the contract nouns is...so sparse that I don't understand it.

What makes a contract noun one in the first place? And are they edited with in the same way as the whole part about contractions?
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Studying Greek + Latin Good Idea?

Hi everyone,

I'd like opinions from those who have studied both languages:

I'm about to start learning classical Greek, which has been a goal of mine for a very long time. I've got 2 years of Latin under my belt - Wheelock self-study, and the Oxford Course in college. However, it's been 5-6 years since I've done any Latin, so I've forgotten a lot of it. My Latin study would just be a refresher, so ...
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Adverbial Accusatives & Def Article

I have noticed that sometimes the definite article is sometimes used with adverbial accusatives and other times it is not. This seems to happens more often with το πρότερον, το δεύτερον.

If need be I can try and find some examples but this has been a question that has been floating around in my head for a while and I wanted to see if anyone has encountered this before or if I am just crazy. ...
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Labial, Palatal Mute Stem Consonant Declension

Uh, a question in regards to Lesson 25 of "First Greek Book"


In here, I noticed that all the paradigms are only showing examples of feminine and masculine genders...what I think must be feminine and masculine because of the case endings in the examples.

My question is, in case of a neuter noun am I to assume that I am to do the same thing I should do ...
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About Lingual Mute Stem Consonant Declension Nouns

My question is in regards to this part of Lesson 26 of "First Greek Book"


I kinda understood the rest, but I have a question about these 2:

250. In the nominative singular and dative plural of the first three nouns the final lingual (τ δ θ) of the stem is dropped before ς. νύξ therefore stands for νυκτ-ς, νυκ-ς, κς becoming ξ. So νυκτ-σι, νυκ-σι, νυξί.
251. ...
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