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What's the use of translations

Timothée wrote:I have to admit something. This is emphatically only I, but I have great difficulties in using translations, which results to my own detriment, no doubt. I do check translations of ancient literature every now and then, but for some reason whenever I consult them, I always feel very filthy afterwards. I feel I have cheated, let myself down. That I should be able to go through this without cheating. And I fear I will ...
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Difference between 'μετὰ' and 'σύν' - EtG translation

Mastronarde's Introduction to Attic Greek, unit 9, exercise section III, #1.

The sentence (in English) is: With friends it is easy to endure evils.
Mastronarde's answer key translates it as: μετὰ τῶν φίλων ῥᾴδιον κακὰ φέρειν.
I translated it as (with proper accentuation and diacritics on-paper): Συν τοις φιλοις ραδιον κακα φερειν .

Two questions: (1) Is my translation workable? (2) Is there some other difference between the two in meaning? Does one ...
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Thucydides - good translation

I've decided to take a decisive step in my life. I'm going to start reading Thucydides with the objective of finishing it. I've just cut open the pages about halfway in my copy of Alberti vol 1 (unfortunately, I've been unable to get a hold of the hardback version) and I'm ready. I've already received some advice on which commentaries to use (see posts here), but I'm asking for advice as to which English translations ...
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How to translate τοσαυτα here? Lysias 24.4

περὶ μὲν οὖν τούτων τοσαῦτά μοι εἰρήσθω: ὑπὲρ ὧν δέ μοι προσήκει λέγειν, ὡς ἂν οἷόν τε διὰ βραχυτάτων ἐρῶ

I rendered it 'Therefore, regarding these things, let so much be said by me...'. But a couple of translations I've seen imply something along the lines of 'let so few/little (words) be said by me' - I know that τοσουτος can mean both 'so great' or 'so little', but I'm not sure which is appropriate ...
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Free Online Textbook -- Ancient Greek for Everyone


Is anyone familiar with this? I've just spot checked here and there, but it looks like it might be quite useful.
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Mastronarde, 2nd edition, unit 12, example

This example from Mastronarde is meant to illustrate the usage of the pronoun αὐτόσ

τὰ βιβλία ἦν αὐτοῦ τοῦ διδασκάλου, οὺ τοῦ ποιητοῦ.

The books belonged to the teacher himself, not to the poet.

What I don't understand is the third word: ἦν.

I don't even know what part of speech it is. And especially I don't know if it performs a grammatical function in relation to the pronoun αὐτόσ.
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Declension - ἡ Λυκαίνιον, τῇ Λυκαινίῳ Longus 3.15.2, 3.17.1

This is my first time to chance upon this declension ἡ Λυκαίνιον, τῇ Λυκαινίῳ.

My thinking vasillates between:
  • Is this woman's name sui generis in its declension? AND
  • Is this the pet name that this γύναιον would have been called by, used together with the articles and participles of the female gender?

If it is that second option, ie. a diminutive (for emphasis - caricature - tenderness - pathos??) of the name the ...

Plato Philebus

Hi there, I need help with the following verb form, to be found in Plato's Philebus where he criticizes τῶν ἐν ταῖς γενέσεσιν ἀποτελουμένων, that is, 'those who find their fulfilment/those whose life's fulfilment is in processes of becoming. (Phil. 54e1-2, trans. Frede/Gosling) I see how it is supposed to work, but what exactly is the middle form of the verb ἀποτελέω doing here? They fulfil, perform, bring to an end etc. themselves? Thanks for ...
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Questions regarding ending of First Perfect, Pluperfect verb

Hello folks!

Thought I stopped? I didn't. I was just busy with research on several martial arts for the last chapter I had just posted for my story. If you folks are interested, just ask and I'll give you the fictionpress link to the story.

And so I am back to learning Attic!

Anyhow, my questions are about this part about the endings in the First Perfect and Pluperfect in Lesson 12 of John W. ...
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Archanians 30 κέχηνα perfect in form, present in meaning?

στένω κέχηνα σκορδινῶμαι πέρδομαι,

1. Is Aristophanes treating κέχηνα as a verb like ἕστηκα and ὄδωδα, perfect in form and present in sense?
2. If 1. is yes, I that the regular usage?
3. If 2. is no, then is he here saying, "I sit / stand with my mouth gaping open" = "I give a really big (10 second) yawn"?
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