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Construction involving ἀκούω

I am reading "Lucian, the a**" and there is a part where he meets a woman who warns him that the wife of Lucian's host is a witch. She introduces herself as follows:

Ἐγὼ Ἄβροιά εἰμι, εἴ τινα τῆς σῆς μητρὸς φίλην ἀκούεις,...

I don't understand the grammar here. I suppose that Abroia is a friend of Lucian's mother, and that she thinks he may have heard of her, but I can't make sense of ...
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Shortcomings of popular textbooks like JACT

Some experienced learners not infrequently show discontent with popular "contemporary" textbooks such as JACT and Athenaze. What are the shortcomings of them? Thank you.
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Chanties in Greek and Latin - Rouse

I ran across the pdf version of Rouse's "Chanties in Greek and Latin" (I'm not sure if I can post the link, but it is easily found on the internet). The problem I'm having with it is that even when I can read or translate one of its songs, I'm not quite sure what it means. Here's an example:

εἷς δύο τρεῖς μέγαλοι κροκόδειλοι
ἐν ποταμῷ τρίβουσι χρόνον.
εἷς κροκόδειλος,
δύο κροκοδείλω,
τρεῖς κροκόδειλοι σύμφωνοι. ...
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The article with the adjective in attributive clauses

Sidgwick says the following about the article:
The Adjective, by being deprived of the Article, has ceased to be an attribute, and has become a predicate.

But the answer key to exercise 1 translates the following:

I see many swans, which are bright and white.


ὁρῶ πολλοὺς κύκνους, οἱ λαμπροὶ ἐισι καὶ λευκοί.

Should not it be κύκνους τοὺς πολλοὺς?

And the same here, the answer key translates:

Perhaps there is a bad disease ...
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subj. of the aor. of aireo^

Aor. of haireo^ is eila or eilon.
I'm not sure about its Subj. forms.
elo^metha ?
Teach me please the principle of how to make Subj. and Opt. from the Indic. Aor. form with initial double vowel like eilon.
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How do you memorize accents?

I have been drilling myself in "Ancient Greek basic vocabulary" over at memrise, and I find that my biggest difficulty with learning a word is remembering where the accent is. It's not that hard for me to remember that 'daughter' is θυγατηρ, except that I've had trouble with whether the accent is on the ultima or the penult. (I know it can't be on the antepenult because the ultima is long). I'm just focusing on ...
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Pharr, S&H... what's next?

Hello everybody, this post is for asking your advice.

I have started to study Greek six months ago, I have started with Homer because Pharr's introduction persuaded that this would be for the best. So I have been studied from the books of Pharr and S&H, and currently I am about to start with Book II of the last. However, I have to say that I am a little frustrated at the time, because my ...
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Mother tongue mirroring

I'm experimenting with mother tongue mirroring. It's a lot of effort to prepare, but I think that the finished product is very useful:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B23NN- ... sp=sharing

I'm including my reading text so that you can get an idea of what this looks like. Sources are Anabasis 1.9.1-5, and J. S. Watson:

1. Thus then died (ἐτελεύτησεν) Cyrus; a man (ἀνὴρ) who, of all the Persians since Cyrus the elder ...
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Where to look for Greek inscriptions/fragments


In three weeks, I will make a tour through Greece with my university. For this wonderful occasion, we, the students, will be the guides, and we are asked to make a brochure ourselves, which talks about all kinds of stuff (history of a site, epigraphy, and so on).
I'm having trouble with finding a good source for Greek fragments and inscriptions.
I will write about Olympia, in particular the gymnasium, palestra and the stadium. ...
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NH Greek Composition - difference between Aor & Impf


I've started North and Hillard's Greek composition book to get a better understanding of syntax (hopefully) as well as improve my vocabulary, but after the third lesson, I find myself confused about the imperfect and the aorist - something which I thought I has already mastered. There are some exercises that have an English simple past yet the key translates it as an imperfect. I must be missing something. Can anyone help explain where ...
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