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Ancient Greek 1001 nights

I was surfing the web today and I stumbled upon the tales of Syntipas and the seven sages. If you enjoy Aesop, this stuff is fun for beginners.

https://books.google.com/books?id=uQRSA ... as&f=false

https://books.google.com/books?id=17xTA ... as&f=false

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Does the periphrastic pluperfect passive exist in Greek?

For example, συνειλημμένοι ἦσαν - is this parsed as a pluperfect passive (they had been gathered) or just as a perfect participle + ἦσαν (they were gathered)
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the English simple past is not an aorist

To quote from "Learn to Read Greek" Keller & Russel: "The Aorist indicative has past time and simple aspect and so differs from the imperfect indicative, which has past time but with progressive or repeated aspect."

It is true that the past simple will often be a good translation of the aorist but the English past simple also includes habitual action:
Ἄνθρωπος δέ τις ἦν πλούσιος, καὶ ἐνεδιδύσκετο πορφύραν καὶ βύσσον εὐφραινόμενος καθ᾽ ἡμέραν λαμπρῶς. ...
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What the Animals Say


If anyone knows any authentic ancient Greek children's ditties, please share them. I should probably learn the swallow song.
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Advanced Greek Prose Composition, Donovan

I have been looking through the Advanced Greek Prose Composition by Donovan. The nice thing about his book is that it does endeavor to teach how to compose rather provide English to Greek exercises.

That needs a bit of qualification. He really tries to do is equip the student to translate any English text into Greek. Hence there are a lot of the examples of English phrases that require a Greek form that is anything ...
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Question regarding the Second Aorist.

Uhm...I encountered the Second Aorist while learning through the website based on "First Greek Book" by John William White:


Now my question is in regard to the explanation for the Second Aorist.

The Second Aorist

91. Some verbs lack the first aorist. Such verbs often have a SECOND aorist, which ends in ον, and is conjugated exactly like the imperfect (69), as:
ἄγω, ἔξω, second aorist ἤγαγον, I ...
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Greek-Latin Lexicon

I recently acquired, from someone cleaning house, an interesting volume enitled <Lexicon Manuale Graeco-Latinum et Latino-Graecum> either published by or complied by one Corn. Schrevelii. The other name on the title page is Lugd. Batavorum et Roterodami. The work was published in Holland in 1664. One previous owner was Laur Adamson who signed the title page and added the date Augt 27 1724.
The leather binding is worn but surprisingly sound considering the age of ...
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Translation of the Α, Θ, and Σ Parts at Psalm 58:14 in the H

Frederick Field’s Origenis Hexaplorum quae supersunt contains the extant fragments from the Hexapla. The text of Psalm 58:14 reads:


Can anyone translate the Α (Aquila), Θ (Theodoton), and Σ (Symmachus) parts of the verse?

What is the nominative case of the word teleson in the A part?
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is looking up words on perseus on dependency forming?

jeidsath wrote:This isn't really advice for daivid, but for new learners approaching this thread. Perseus is a bad resource when you don't recognize a verb form. It may work (if you're lucky), but it doesn't really help you on to recognizing the next one. Hylander has already parsed these, but here is some method for attacking these kinds of words:

I think it was advice for me (but not just for me) but I appreciate ...
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Greek Ovid - what letters are these?

I thought I'd have a look at the translation into Greek of Ovid which is in the resources thread.
However, I can't even make out all the letters. The letters I can't make out I have replaced with "?"s:
τὰς εἰς καινὰ σώματα, μεταμειφθείσας μορφὰς

ὁ νοῦς με λέγειν διανίσ?ησιν. ὦ Θεοί (καὶ γὰρ οἱ
θεοὶ μετε?άλε?ε ταύτας), τῷ ἐμῷ ἐπιπνεύσατε
ἔργῳ, κἀκ πρώτης τοῦ κόσμου γενέσεως εἰς τον
ἡμέτερον χρόνον συνεχῆ κριτάγοι?ε τὴν ᾠδήν.
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