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Andocides, On the Mysteries

On Hylander's recommendation, I've started Andocides, "On the Mysteries," using the MacDowell commentary. I picked up the first edition, as it was cheap to find in hardback, and from what I could tell on the internet, the second edition involved no substantial revision (perhaps no revision?). I've read all of the introductory material, but none of the appendices. I read the first pages on the train this morning.

You'll notice that I'm mostly using digressive ...
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Greek board games, Fraenkel, and πέντε γραμμαί

I have been thinking of Greek board games lately because of a note in Fraenkel's commentary to Agamemnon and because some of my relatives gifted me with a game of Hnefatafl for Christmas / my birthday.

Fraenkel's note concerned lines 32 and 33:

τὰ δεσποτῶν γὰρ εὖ πεσόντα θήσομαι
τρὶς ἓξ βαλούσης τῆσδέ μοι φρυκτωρίας.

Fraenkel says that this refers to a Greek game where movement of the pieces is determined by a throw of ...
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Ancient Greek Wikipedia


I am not personally involved in anything ancient Greek, but while surfing the net I stumbled upon the Wikimedia Incubator-project Ancient Greek Wikipedia. The Incubator-site is a site...

"where potential Wikimedia project wikis in new language versions of Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikiquote, Wiktionary and Wikivoyage can be arranged, written, tested and proven worthy of being hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation." This specific one does not seem to be ready, but perhaps with some more ...
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The aorist of ἀφικνεομαι

Just wondering why the aorist of ἀφικνεομαι does not seem to be augmented?
Eg why is 'he arrived' ἀφικετο and not ἠφικετο?
Thanks in advance :)
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Greek word usage query

A while ago I wrote some Greek Homeric-type poetry, called "Arateia Notia", about the stars as seen in Australia (as I saw them there in June-July 1984). Many of the constellations seen there are not much like the people and objects that they are named after, so sometimes I used these words with these meanings:-

ἀειδής :: "not resembling", "unlike"
οὒκ εἰδής :: "not resembling", "unlike"
οὒ μάλα εἰδής :: "not much resembling"

Are these ...
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Query about σωος

Why does σωος decline like ἡμετερος if its stem does not end in ι, ρ or ε ?
In other words, why is the feminine sg σωα, σωαν etc and not σωη, σωην etc?
Thank you in advance
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Günther Zuntz's Griechischer Lehrgang: A Review

Professor Günther Zuntz wrote a Greek Course (or a primer, as he called them) named Griechischer Lehrgang in three volumes. The first edition (1983) of his course is available free online at the Munich’s Digital Library:




(There is a second edition (1991), very hard to come by, which I have only been able to consult in libraries, in which I have only been able to detect the correction of a few misprints, ...
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Books On Greek Prepositions

I have come to realize that prepositions are my weak point in my Ancient Greek studies. Does anyone have any recommendations of books dealing with Ancient Greek prepositions (preferably not under copyright and on google books/archive).

I found this one so far:
A treatise on the Greek prepositions, and on the cases of nouns with which they are used
https://books.google.com/books?id=_ZUCA ... ns&f=false
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Specialized lexica by author

Ok, so we have:

- Homer: R. J. Cunlife - A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect
- Pindar: William J. Slater - Lexicon to Pindar
- Bacchylides: Douglas L. Gerber - Lexicon in Bacchylidem
- Herodotus: J. Enoch Powell - A Lexicon to Herodotus

...and they are so useful when reading and translating and researching word occurrences in these authors! Do you know other great lexica specialized in one author?

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Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 1094b

I have been slowly making my way through Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and I came across a sentence in the first book that seems to contain some philosophical idioms that Aristotle is apparently known to employ.
Are there any resources available online that detail Aristotle's philosophical idioms. I found a few books that seem to address Greek philosophical terms in general on amazon but they seems to just cover basic vocabulary terms. I am looking for ...
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