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what does τι χρῆμα mean here? (Chariton 1.1)

This is from Chariton 1.1

Ἑρμοκράτης, ὁ Συρακουσίων στρατηγός, οὗτος ὁ νικήσας Ἀθηναίους, εἶχε θυγατέρα Καλλιρρόην τοὔνομα, θαυμαστόν τι χρῆμα παρθένου καὶ ἄγαλμα τῆς ὅλης Σικελίας:
My best translation is this:
Hermocrates the Sicilian general the one who defeated the Athenians had a daughter, Kallirhoe by name, wonderous of maidens and an ornament of the whole of Sicily.

My first question is what does τι χρῆμα add to the meaning?

My second is why is ...
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Crito as a Story?

I am wondering if Plato can be read as an amusing narrative without bothering to inquire about what it means?

An old friend from 40 years ago was over for a visit of several hours last friday. He has lectured extensively on the topic of greek philosophy. He teaches something sort of like the foundations western civilization for people from other cultures. Anyway, I don't have much interest in greek philosophy but after doing some ...
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Specialized vocabulary

I've found useful to group specialized words in "topics", which helps me to organize and memorize my vocabulary. In the following link are some texts and pictures that may be useful for this purpose.

http://www.hellenicaworld.com/Greece/Te ... Ships.html
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Greek Boy


I'm uploading audio of W.H.D. Rouse's Greek Boy at the above URL. Part 2a has an error in the original text. Rouse's text has Ἱβερνίᾳ, and in the audio, I correct it to Ἰβηρίῃ (let me know if made any mistake with that).
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ΟΣ ΚΑΡΤΕΡΗ ΝΙΚΑ - Help with Translation


My friend asked me what this means. I speak modern Greek but I have limited experience with Ancient Greek. I think that ΟΣ is "who" and NIKA is "conquers or wins". Can someone help me to confirm the meaning of this phrase? My friend saw it on a fireplace (randomly) in Connecticut and both of us have been researching online to confirm the meaning to no avail.

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American Heritage Dictionary shows the etymology of 'synthetic' as
Greek sunthetikos, skilled in putting together…

Would a better reading be "put together with skill"?
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Herodotus'text diagrammad


Some time ago I visited the website displaying text of Herodotus together with diagramms of the syntax of sentences. Now I'm not able to fint that website again.

Mayby someone knows the URL of that site?

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looking for recommendation...

I would like to have Greek, mainly for philosophy but eventually tragedy and poetry. I am hoping to find a textbook that will prepare me for the Fragments collected by Diels, and the works of Plato.

I am considering using Hensen and Quinn's Greek: An Intensive Course or Mastronarde's Introduction to Attic Greek. I have read about Beetham's Learning Greek with Plato, but cannot locate an affordable copy (sells for 100s of dollars)--any comments on ...
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preferred versions of Plato?

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Teaching Greek to a friend

I've been learning Greek at university for the last six semesters. In class we just read texts at this point, and I feel like a lot of my grammar knowledge is now intuitive rather than laborious. This is good! But it can also breed laziness and not really knowing it. I worry that today I couldn't pass my 'intensive summer Greek' final.

So this summer I am teaching a friend Greek. My goal is to ...
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