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Reccomeded Hard Copy Dictionaries

My Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary is falling apart and I do like to have an alternative to online dictionaries to look up words.

I have been reasonably happy with it and it does have a slightly more modern flavor than the online dictionaries so I might well just get another of the same.

However, are there other dictionaries that have features/emphasis that the online ones don't have?
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I'm working on trying to translate a phrase into Ancient Greek for a project I'm working on. Right now, it reads:

ὄμνυμι δ᾽ ἦ μήν ἀγαπήσειν καὶ τιμήσειν καὶ ...

This much is supposed to mean roughly: "I truly swear to love, honor, and ..."

I've been scratching my head on this one for a little while now. I can't for the life of me figure out what the proper future active infinitive form is ...
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x-rated ψογιστής

Although LSJ gives the meaning of ψογιστής as "fault-finder," its occurrence in an astrological list of licentious characteristics has one commentator suggesting that it also might be some kind of lewd slang predicated upon the resemblance of the letter psi to a vulva. In the list, it follows λείκτης, whose LSJ definition is "cunnilingus," their proximity suggesting a connection in meaning.

The text is found in the Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Graecorum, vol. 8, part 4, ...
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Atehnaze Group?

Not long ago, there was a group working through Athenaze. I assume it has finished the book by now-or is it still around? If not, is there any hope of a new group doing Athenaze?
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An OLD question but still...

With a nod to IreneY's "Resources" post, tell me this: suppose you have a fairly good back-ground in Greek and you had the opportunity to teach beginning Greek to a bright High School student, what is the best text ? She just wants a good, solid introduction this summer, probably continuing in the Fall. I'm looking for a text that's thorough, easily available and not scary (you know what I mean). I considered Ancient Greek ...
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Phaedo 70.C.5 "ancient tradition"

Phaedo 70.C.5
παλαιὸς μὲν οὖν ἔστι τις λόγος οὗ μεμνήμεθα, ὡς εἰσὶν ἐνθένδε
ἀφικόμεναι ἐκεῖ, καὶ πάλιν γε δεῦρο ἀφικνοῦνται καὶ γί-
γνονται ἐκ τῶν τεθνεώτων· καὶ εἰ τοῦθ' οὕτως ἔχει, πάλιν
γίγνεσθαι ἐκ τῶν ἀποθανόντων τοὺς ζῶντας, ἄλλο τι ἢ εἶεν
ἂν αἱ ψυχαὶ ἡμῶν ἐκεῖ;

Do we know anything about the referent for παλαιὸς ... τις λόγος?
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Greek or Latin?

one of the many advantages that Greek has over Latin.

Without disputing mwh's assertion, I think it's worth pointing out that Latin has some advantages over Greek. Paradoxically, the lack of articles is one of them. Reading the slightly simplified Livy in the Latin forum, I was reminded of the concision and clarity of the best Latin prose. And the exquisite patterning of words that Latin poets such as Vergil and Horace achieve, ...
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οὐ ῥᾴδιόν ἐστιν -- stressed twice when reading aloud?

I am currently reading 'The Chimaera', a story from Morice's Stories in Attic Greek, and I came across the following sentence talking about the beast:

ἡ Χίμαιρα θηρίον τι ἦν τερατῶδες, τὸ δὲ τοῦ σώματος εἶδος εἶχε τοιοῦτον, ὥστε οὐ ῥᾴδιόν ἐστιν αὐτὸ διηγεῖσθαι.

I was wondering whether, when you're reading this aloud, you would stress the word ῥᾴδιόν twice in practice? When I try it it sounds very odd! I have tried just stressing ...

Lucian's Dialogues prepared for schools

I am having trouble finding copies of W.H.D. Rouse's notes to this:


Does anyone know of a copy? I know that it's in many libraries, but I can't find it on the used market. EDIT: I am looking for the notes (vol. 2), not the dialogues themselves.
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Phaedo 59e

Having to slow down to read this, idioms that I am not familiar with for example:

οὐ πολὺν δ' οὖν χρόνον
ἐπισχὼν ἧκεν καὶ ἐκέλευεν ἡμᾶς εἰσιέναι.


ἐπέχω IV.2
abs., stay, pause, “Ἀντίνοος δ᾽ ἔτ᾽ ἐπεῖχε” Od.21.186; refrain, Hdt.1.32, 5.51, 7.139; εἰ δ᾽ ἐφέξετον if you tarry, S.El.1369, etc.: folld. by a Conj., esp. in imper., ἐπίσχες ἢν . . wait and see whether . ., E.Supp.397; “ἐπίσχες ἔστ᾽ ἂν . . προσμάθῃς” A.Pr.697; ...
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