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Greek entries from Sidgwick's diary


On a different topic, take a look at this interesting post about Arthur Sidgwick's personal diary. Can you decipher his Greek?


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ὦ στέρνα δὸς στέρνοισι συμπλέκον δέμας

O breast, give to breasts a combined frame.
γυμνοῦ κόρη τὸ σῶμα· σὀς πάρειμ’ ἀνήρ (kίους wisc)

Strip, girl, your body, your man is present. (unk. Can someone decipher this?)
ὦ θάλπος ἡ οὐ στηθέων τε συμβολή.

O pain of the ...
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Athenaze Study Group - Lesson 12β

This is the template for 12β of Athenaze. Good luck!

Exercise 12θ
Don't forget to fill out verb charts as we go along. In this lesson, you should do one for ἀποκτείνω and ἀποκρίνομαι in the aorist.

Exercise 12ι
Change these into the aorist, keeping the same person, number and gender as appropriate. There is one that says it has two options. Provide both options.
10. ...
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Sophocles Ajax 1132

τούς γ᾽ αὐτὸς αὑτοῦ πολεμίους. οὐ γὰρ καλόv.
Why is πολεμιουσ in the accusative?
What is a literal(exact) translation?
Is τουσ associated with πολεμιουσ or does it, especially with the particle, refer back to something else?

Richard Ross
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First Greek Writer Exercises III->

I will try breaking off threads for every group of three exercises going forward, but may adjust that depending on forum clutter. And I'm going to use the following headings to organize my posts:

Exercise X -- Comment @YYY
Exercise X -- Submission
Exercise X -- Correction

Exercise III -- Submission

οὗτος ὁ ἵππος ὁ ἐμός ἐστιν. πρότερον μὲν ἰσχυρός ῆν νῦν δὲ σφόδρα λεπτὸς καὶ φαῦλός ἐστιν. καὶ τὴν αἰτίαν λέξω. οἱ γεωργοὶ οἵς ...
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Aristotle De Interpretatione VII


Here is an excerpt from Aristotle's De Interpretatione VII

ἐὰν μὲν οὖν καθὀλου ἀποφαίνηται ἐπὶ τοῦ καθόλου ὅτι ὑπάρχει τι ἢ μή, ἔσονται ἐναντίαι αἱ ἀποφάνσεις. λέγω δὲ ἐπὶ τοῦ καθόλου ἀποφαίνεσθαι τοῦ καθόλου, οἷον πᾶς ἄνθρωπος λευκός, οὐδείς ἄνθρωπος λευκός. ὅταν δὲ τῶν καθόλου μέν, μὴ καθὀλου δέ, αὗται μὲν οὖκ εισὶν ἐναντίαι, τὰ μέντοι δηλούμενα ἔστιν εἶναι ἐναντία ποτέ. λέγω δὲ τὸ μὴ καθόλου ἀποφαίνεσθαι ἐπὶ τῶν καθόλου, οἷον ἔστι λευκός ἄνθρωπος, ...
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Joke in Anabasis of Xenophon

I came across a section of the Anabasis in book 7 chapter 3 line 24, where the army is having a feast with Seuthes and a man named Arustas cracks a joke but I dont know why it is so funny. I know what the sentence says but it just does seem like an uproar of laughter is the appropriate response. I think it might have something to do with the food being thrown around ...
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First Greek Writer Study Group

First Greek Writer
First Greek Writer Key

I will post my answers to the exercises here, and offer any comments that I am able to anyone who wishes to do the same.

I won't try to post a schedule. Anyone is welcome to drop in and out, do exercises out of sync, or join at any time.
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Alexandros to hellenikon paidion

In the ALEXANDROS TO HELLENIKON PAIDION book, at p.189, it is written :

Ἡ σύναρθρος ἀντωνυμία· τῇ συνάρθῳ ἀντωνυμίᾳ χρῶνται καὶ τὰς τῆς ἀντωνυμίας γενικὰς καὶ τάσδε· ἐμός, σός, ἡμέτερος, ὑμέτερος·

The pronoun accompanied by the article: with the pronoun accompanied by the article they treat both the genitives of the pronoun and these: my, thy, our, your.

I think I must be missing something. Thanks!
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Conracted genitive of -εᾱς nouns

Smyth says -οῦ, but LSJ says -ᾶ except in the case of κατωφαγᾶς where it lists -οῦ alongside -ᾶ. A Perseus collections search yields neither Βορρᾶ nor Βορροῦ. Does the genitive in -οῦ then occur in any other words?
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Smyth does not show the future perfect infinitive and δείκνυμι. What does that mean? Simply that the form does not occur in what we have of classical Greek? Or is there any other reason to think it would not have been heard as good Greek?
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