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How to spell a name

I came across this in Rouse's Reader and was able to solve it only with some effort. I'm sure that quite a few of you have seen it before, so no spoilers. But once you've solved it, maybe post a line spoken by said character from a Greek Drama that features him (in English or in Greek)?

However, feel free to ask any questions that you'd like.

ἐγὼ πέφυκα γραμμάτων μὲν οὐκ ἴδρις,
μορφὰς δὲ ...
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Xen. Hell. 7.1.2 optative + subjunctiv conditional?

This is from Xenophon's Hellenica (7.1.2). Ambassadors from the Spartans are in Athens hoping to make a treaty:

ἐὰν οὖν ᾗ ἑκατέροις μάλιστα συνοίσει,
if therefore the means by which to each it will be especially advantageous
ταύτῃ καὶ τὰς συνθήκας ποιησώμεθα,
by means of those of the terms they should make
οὕτω κατά γε τὸ εἰκὸς μάλιστα συμμένοιμεν ἄν.
thus according to the most probable we would especially be able to keep (the agreement)
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Are these contract verbs?

Are all of these contract verbs?:
Sorry if these seems like a simple question - I can't tell from greek dictionaries whether they are contract or not. I'm just assuming they are because their stems (of their uncontracted forms) end in α/ε/ο
(I've left out accents because I do not know how to use them yet)
Thank you!
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Where to start with Greek verbs?

Where do you begin to tackle the monster that is the Greek verb system? I would reckon the present tense, but I've heard it's the hardest tense to tackle. Should I start there anyways?
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Good Modern Greek Pronounciation Resources for Ancient Greek

I have spend most of my time studying Latin, but I want to return eventually to teaching myself Greek again. I am thinking about using modern Greek pronunciation for several reasons.

Anyway, do you know of any good audio resources that use modern Greek pronunciation? I am hoping to find a wide range of audio (e.g., classical Greek, Bible (got that covered already), Athenaze, and perhaps an audiobook of some beginner type book). Do any ...
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Athenaze Level?

Once I finish Athenaze (although I'm nowhere near the end), what level of Greek will I be at?
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Companion to Mastronade?

Hey guys I'm using Mastronade's book to learn Greek, and Wheelock had a great number of reading exercises while Mastronade has none. Are there any companions to Mastronade out there that have you reading adapted stories of Greek, or should I just use Reading Greek or Athenaze so that I don't go to long without reading? (I have both Reading Greek and Athenaze, which one should I use for reading if there is no companion ...
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Plutarch, Marcellus 3.2-3

Yesterday I got really stuck with this sentence from Plutarch. Today it is still unclear but it is at least sufficiently clearer that I can pose useful questions.

θαυμαστὸν μὲν ἐδόκει καὶ τύχης ἀγαθῆς γενέσθαι τὸ μὴ συρραγῆναι τὸν Κελτικὸν εἰς τὸ αὐτὸ τῷ Λιβυκῷ πόλεμον, ἀλλ᾽ ὥσπερ ἐφεδρείαν εἰληφότας τοὺς Γαλάτας, ὀρθῶς καὶ δικαίως ἀτρεμήσαντας μαχομένων ἐκείνων, οὕτω τότε δὴ τοῖς νενικηκόσιν ἐπαποδύεσθαι καὶ προκαλεῖσθαι σχολὴν ἄγοντας: οὐ μὴν ἀλλὰ μέγαν ἥ τε ...
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Aelian Varia Historia 9.31

I'm comparing recent translations of Aelian's Varia Historia 9.31, and I am unable to lay hands on the translation done by James G. DeVoto, Claudius Aelianus: Varia Historia published by Ares in 1995. If anyone has access to it, would you mind posting it? It is only a couple of lines.

The Greek text can be accessed at https://tesserae.caset.buffalo.edu/texts/grc/aelian.varia_historia.tess and also on the Perseus Tufts site.

The 1997 Loeb Classical Library version Aelian: Historical Miscellany ...
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Help with a line from Euripides' Alcestis

Hello, I am struggling to understand a line spoken by Herakles in the Alcestis of Euripides and wonder if anyone can throw some light on it for me.

Alcestis is doomed to die on her husband Admetus' behalf. Herakles arrives as she is dying. He knows that Alcestis has offered her life in place of Admetus, but the latter does not want to tell Herakles that she has died and equivocates by saying τέθνηχ᾽ ὁ ...
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