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Sentence Length (wasThe Little Prince...in Ancient Greek)

Tugodum wrote:Thanks, David. But making it harder to read needs some justification, right? Making it harder to read for no reason is just a bad style, it seems to me.

It depends what your aim is and who your target readership is.

The advice that has stuck in my mind (gleaned from How to be a writer books) is that an average of 15 word sentences but to mix in short and long sentences.

After reading ...
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Athenaze Vocabulary Question


I have recently starting to learn Attic using Athenaze, which I am enjoying. I have read in other posts, however, that some self-taught students have been disappointed to learn that they needed to re-learn some verb vocabulary, because the text does not teach all six of the principal parts for some time. Do you recommend looking up and memorizing the principal parts of the verbs as they are introduced in the text?

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hippolytus 2 modals

μῶν Πιτθέως τι γῆρας εἴργασται νέον;
πρόσω μὲν ἤδη βίοτος, ἀλλ᾽ ὅμως ἔτ᾽ ἂν 795
λυπηρὸς ἡμῖν τούσδ᾽ ἂν ἐκλίποι δόμους.
Surely not something new has worked itself on aged Pittheus
His life is already onwards, but nevertheless still his depature (passing away)
from this house would be painful to us.

Why the two modals

If he would pass away from this house then it would be painful to us.
But this would require only ...
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animal story


I have had a read of the above story. It seems quite simple Greek but the story as a whole makes no sense to me. Why for instance does the white rabbits fur turn black when the cat sits on him? I get that the cat is angry with the rabbit but why does the cat not kill the rabbit? Running to get the dog to do it for him seems odd. If the ...
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augment in εἷλον

The root is ἑλ-, and, per Smyth (par. 435), augmented ε is η (cf., e.g., λασα < λάσαι); so, why is it ει here?
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The curious case of initial aspiration

Ancient Greek converted many initial sounds into aspirates:
/s/ > /h/
/y/ > /h/
/r/ > /rh/
/u/ > /hu/

I find this very curious, it's not a single pinpoint sound change, it's like an overriding phenomenon that must have some interesting reason behind it. There's remarkably no info on this as far as I can tell (which is very limited, I'm not a linguist).
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Accusative Absolute (From: The Little Prince)

On p. 13, Coderich uses "δεον" to mean, according to his own marginal gloss, "διοτι δει/εδει". This perfectly fits the context, but I do not see this causal meaning in the LSJ: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/mor ... n=de%2Fon0
Does the "διοτι" aspect, then, come not with "δεον" but, somehow, with the structure of the phrase?
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Morpheus v.0.3


Look please Morpheus v.0.3 - an Ancient Greek morph analyzer http://gr.diglossa.org/

It's the desktop application for Win, Linux and MacOS (soon), works anywhere on a desktop, just select some text and copy with Ctrl-C

Please look screencast 1 min, download and install and try it.

Send comments and suggestions: m.bykov@gmail.com
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comparative phrase in Greek

Hi, this is my first post here. When I get around to it, I might write a bit about myself in the Open Board, but maybe a good way to show I'm not a spammer is to jump right into the question that brought me here. :-)

My Greek is a bit rusty, and I wondered what would be an elegant Greek equivalent of the seemingly simple ...
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Ουίλιαμ κὰι Θεόδωρος τὲ κὰι Σο...Κρατες

The pronunciation by Socrates of Ancient Greek in Bill and Ted's Excellent adventure seems pretty good. What do you all think? Its seens like a form of modern pronunciation.


ἠμέραι βίων ἠμετέρων οἴον ὕδρα τῆς κλεψύδρης


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