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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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Learning Greek: Where to start?

Hey everyone, I've been interested in classics for about a year and a half or so. I started teaching myself Latin last year, but when school started in the fall I had to give up on it because it was too much with all the AP Exams I had. I've recently been getting back into it and I've grown interested in learning Greek as well.

For you guys I have two questions. One, is it ...
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Aristoteles' plot and character

Hey everyone,

I'm currently writing about characterization in Euripides' Iphigenia among Taurians and I'm having some problems. I can't see clearly anymore, and have difficulties with defining terms like 'plot' and 'character'.

There has been written a lot of stuff about Medea, Agamemnon, Clytaimnestra etc., but for some reason the IT has been a minor work in the eyes of a lot of critics. This makes it even more difficult.

Kyriakou has recently (2006) written ...
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Some Greek and Latin resources

I have found this page with some Greek and Latin resources:
It includes vocabulary flashcards, verb drills, lists of frequent words, many grammar quizzes, et cetera.
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Dyskolos 1.1-4:

Τῆς Ἀττικῆς νομίζετ᾽ εἶναι τὸν τόπον
Φυλήν, τὸ νυμφαῖον δ᾽, ὅθεν προέρχομαι
Φυλασίων καὶ τῶν δυναμένων τὰς πέτρας
ἐνθάδε γεωργεῖν, ἱερὸν ἐπιφανὲς πάνυ.

I found this translation:

Think of this place as a part of Attike —
Phyle, to be exact — and the Nymphs' shrine I've come from
belongs to the Phylasians and to those who can
farm the rocks here — a famous shrine indeed.

But I think that it might ...
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Plato, Phaedrus 245a

Plato, Phaedrus 245a:
τρίτη δὲ ἀπὸ Μουσω̂ν κατοκωχή τε καὶ μανία, λαβου̂σα ἁπαλὴν καὶ ἄβατον ψυχήν, ἐγείρουσα καὶ ἐκβακχεύουσα κατά τε ᾠδὰς καὶ κατὰ τὴν ἄλλην ποίησιν, μυρία τω̂ν παλαιω̂ν ἔργα κοσμου̂σα τοὺς ἐπιγιγνομένους παιδεύει: ὃς δ᾽ ἂν ἄνευ μανίας Μουσω̂ν ἐπὶ ποιητικὰς θύρας ἀφίκηται, πεισθεὶς ὡς ἄρα ἐκ τέχνης ἱκανὸς ποιητὴς ἐσόμενος, ἀτελὴς αὐτός τε καὶ ἡ ποίησις ὑπὸ τη̂ς τω̂ν μαινομένων ἡ του̂ σωφρονου̂ντος ἠφανίσθη.

I have trouble understanding the the end, ἀτελὴς ...
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are homos(ὁμός) and homo(lt) from same origin?

where did homos originate and latin word homo

are they related to each other somehow?
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An Introduction to Classical Greek, Waite & Pragnell

An Introduction to Classical Greek
by Kristian Waite, Fred Pragnell

The grammar explanations are reasonable.
It has lots of single sentence exercises Greek to English and the other way round.

It is much the same kind of textbook as John Taylor's Greek to GCSE.
However, Talylor has much more readings where as this book really only has, admittedly quite long, reading on the Battle of Marathon.
Also Taylor manages to make his single sentences original ...
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Perfect participles -- Xenophon's Symposium

I happened to pick up Xenophon's Symposium, and I noticed that in the opening sections, there are a number of perfect participles. I thought it might be helpful to copy the text and an English translation with a short explanation of the perfect participles (and some other perfects) -- so that you can see why they're not aorists, i.e., to show how they emphasize a present state, rather than simply an action that occurred before ...
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Common pronunciation errors for Anglophones

I am a native speaker of English (I grew up in Alberta, to locate the accent more exactly) and there are a few issues that I try to pay attention to when I pronounce Greek. For instance, I try to avoid lengthening short vowels in open syllables, and to not voice sigmas between vowels (but I do voice them before voiced consonants). Getting the aspiration right in stops is hard (tau and theta, phi and ...
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