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Searching between the fields in online lexica?

Is there a way to search for parts of the entries which are neither lemmata nor meanings in an online version of LSJ? I want like to be able to search for something as non-specific as "ii" and to get heaps of nonsensical results. Then perhaps to be able to search within the returned results.

Both Perseus and TLG seem to be too efficient and clean in their categorisation of elements into data fields. I ...
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Machine-readable Greek lexicon w/variant forms?

As part of my effort to memorize Greek words, including all the different moods/tenses/cases/etc. (see here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=65103 ), I’m trying to program some kind of flashcard thingy for my computer.

I’ve found this GitHub project extremely helpful: https://github.com/gcelano/LSJ_GreekUnicode It’s the entire Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek lexicon, in TEI XML format. It’s great to have the LSJ as something machine-readable, but I’d like to go a ...
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Dyscolus (1959) published or reperformed in 2009?

Does the 2009 DVD published by the University of Sydney contain Bill Ritchie's original 1959 original language production of Sydney University Classical Society's reading of Menander's Dyscolus, or a different commemorative production?

http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/archive/Gen-C ... 9%2B/15306
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Aspect in Ancient Greek

For those of you interested in a somewhat formal linguistic discussion of aspect in ancient Greek, you might want to check out the dissertation referenced below:

Aspect in Ancient Greek: A semantic analysis of the aorist and imperfective

I have no personal link to this dissertation or to the institution, but found the presentation gave me my first comprehensible model to understand aspect in ancient Greek. Although he uses formal semantics in places, he also ...
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How is somebody a προπηλακιζόμενον ... πίθηκον?

Plato, Republic. 9.590b wrote:κολακεία δὲ καὶ ἀνελευθερία οὐχ ὅταν τις τὸ αὐτὸ τοῦτο, τὸ θυμοειδές, ὑπὸ τῷ ὀχλώδει θηρίῳ ποιῇ καὶ ἕνεκα χρημάτων καὶ τῆς ἐκείνου ἀπληστίας προπηλακιζόμενον ἐθίζῃ ἐκ νέου ἀντὶ λέοντος πίθηκον γίγνεσθαι;

If people laughed at the child-like antics of monkeys at that time as we do at circuses and zoos, the nπροπηλακιζόμενον might imply ridicule rather than besmirched reputation.

What type of moral or cultural associations are implied with a description ...

A Halloween treat

A tale of a phantom female with a lust for human flesh.
Best read to the accompaniment of Radiohead’s We Suck Young Blood. I greet trick-or-treaters
with that, played at full volume, but they pay no heed.

“οὐ γὰρ ὕλη ἐστίν, ἀλλὰ ὕλης δόξα. ὡς δὲ γιγνώσκοιτε
ὃ λέγω, ἡ χρηστὴ νύμφη μία τῶν ἐμπουσῶν ἐστιν,
ἃς λαμίας τε καὶ μορμολυκίας οἱ πολλοὶ ἡγοῦνται.
ἐρῶσι δ’ αὗται καὶ ἀφροδισίων μέν, σαρκῶν δὲ
μάλιστα ἀνθρωπείων ἐρῶσι ...
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The Blog of Ariphron is Live

It's at

Expect a second post this Thursday or Friday, and weekly posts thereafter. Follow it in your blog reader if you're interested.

This also marks the end of a period of about a year and a half when Chinese and German were the only foreign languages that I worked on. I plan to learn a lot of Greek over the next six months.
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Computer Game in ancient Greek - corrections?

I have already posted a request for help for the Greek of the computer game here:

It is possible that the reason that I have only had one suggestion is that those on the forum best able to spot errors do not have the time to go through it (or for a host of other valid reasons). It is also possible that as the composition tends to be ...
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........ ὡς δὲ πέτρος ἢ θαλάσσιος
κλύδων ἀκούει νουθετουμένη φίλων,
ἢν μή ποτε στρέψασα πάλλευκον δέρην
αὐτὴ πρὸς αὑτὴν πατέρ' ἀποιμώξηι φίλον
καὶ γαῖαν οἴκους θ', οὓς προδοῦσ' ἀφίκετο
μετ' ἀνδρὸς ὅς σφε νῦν ἀτιμάσας ἔχει.

As a rock or sea-wave she hears her friends, being rebuked, unless sometimes having turned her all-white neck, she cries out to herself over her beloved father and land and home (pl. indicates rooms?), which she deserted ...
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How do I pronounce δυναμική (dynamics)

I am involved in aerodynamics. The above Greek (δυναμική) is the root of what in English we call dynamics. I believe that the word itself means motion or movement. How would I pronounce this phonetically?

Thank You
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