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it rained in Ancient Greek

This a fork from the weather thread in the Agora

LSJ gives several references for the intransitive use of βρέχω. The most easily accessible (ie online) is the Epistle of James 5.17-18

Ἠλείας ἄνθρωπος ἦν ὁμοιοπαθὴς ἡμῖν, καὶ προσευχῇ προσηύξατο τοῦ μὴ βρέξαι, καὶ οὐκ ἔβρεξεν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐνιαυτοὺς τρεῖς καὶ μῆνας ἕξ: καὶ πάλιν προσηύξατο, καὶ ὁ οὐρανὸς ὑετὸν ἔδωκεν καὶ ἡ γῆ ἐβλάστησεν τὸν καρπὸν αὐτῆς.

Elijah was a man ...
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Accent, ἆρ' ἐστὶ

Aristotle's Metaphysics 1049 a 1:
οἷον ἡ γῆ ἆρ' ἐστὶ δυνάμει ἄνθρωπος;

Why not ἆρ' ἐστι ?
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how to prouounce attic greek

Hi there! I just made up my mind to learn attic greek, but i have problem with the pronouciation. i've visited the page below but the pronounciation on that website is awful.
Is there any good resource online i can refer to?
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Ὁμιλεῖτε Ἑλληνικά (Do you speak Greek?)

Thanks to Joel for finding this

https://archive.org/stream/DoYouSpeakGr ... 0/mode/2up

although I note that Louis Sorenson mentioned it in passing a few years ago on B-Greek.

http://www.ibiblio.org/bgreek/lists.ibi ... 53149.html

This book does three things which are staples of the Direct Method.

1. It includes Ancient Greek forms of all its metalanguage.
2. It uses pictures and L2 definitions to minimize the need for L1 ...
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Why do we use the genitive singular as the stem identifier?

It seems to me that there's a very clear problem with using the genitive singular as the way to learn/identify the stem of Greek nouns.

Take ναύτης, for example, the first-declension word that means "sailor." The entry in Hansen & Quinn gives ναύτης, ναύτου. From this you would expect that the stem is ναύ-, and you'd use that to get all the rest of the forms, including e.g. the nominative plural ναύται—which is wrong. The ...
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bryn mawr commentaries - all the same?

I did have the impression that Bryn Mawr Commentaries were all pretty much the same. The commentary is very much focused on the grammar without getting distracted to wider historical or artistic aspects but not as extensive as I at least really need.

Two of their commentaries, I have tried, have changed my mind.
Chariton: Callirhoe, Book 1 by Cashman Kerr Prince does keep to the grammar but he focuses on the accidence and there ...
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ὀσμύλη - Eledone moschata (LSJ Entry)

ὀσμύλη, ἡ, A.a strong-smelling musky octopus, Eledone cirrosa, Arist.Fr.305:

According to what I can find, the species of octopus with a musky smell is Eledone moschata, not Eledone cirrosa.
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Exercises in Syntax and Idioms Study Group

https://archive.org/details/RouseExerci ... AtticGreek

Right now, the volunteers for this study group are me, bedwere, and ariphron. We don't have the key yet (thread here). But nothing is stopping us from doing the first couple of exercises on our own, hopefully with help from some of the other forum members.

8/11/2015 -- Exercise I. Simple Sentences and Pronouns. I'll get to these Wednesday or Thursday. Let's try to get everyone's ...
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Rouse's Greek Composition Book

I have a scan of Rouse's composition book, but the key has been hard to find. Cambridge is the only place that will scan it for me, and since it will be expensive, I have started a $200 kickstarter campaign:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/14 ... ition-book

The idea is to put everything online for free. The composition book is in the next link -- no one has made it available before now ...
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Antigone 42

ποῦ γνώμης ποτ᾽ εἶ;

According to the translation, the meaning would be something like "what do you have in mind?", but I couldn't give grammatical sense to the sentence. The notes just say that γνώμης is a partitive genitive, but it didn't help :(
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