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Od. 5.90

Calypso to Hermes, ε 87 ff.:
τίπτε μοι, Ἑρμεία χρυσόρραπι, εἰλήλουθας,
αἰδοῖός τε φίλος τε; πάρος γε μὲν οὔ τι θαμίζεις.
αὔδα ὅ τι φρονέεις· τελέσαι δέ με θυμὸς ἄνωγεν,
εἰ δύναμαι τελέσαι γε καὶ εἰ τετελεσμένον ἐστίν.

Hainsworth, the Oxford commentary to the Odyssey:
τετελεσμένον: a nuance of meaning must be added to the pf. ptcp. similar to that conveyed by the adjectival formant -τός: "something that must come to pass".


Other commentaries interpret ...
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τέρπω

Odyssey 3, 70: ξείνους, οἱ τινές εἰσιν, ἐπεὶ τάρπησαν ἐδωδῆς.

I don't think I saw the form τάρπησαν before, or maybe I did, but simply forgot. Anyway, it made me check the verb τέρπω and I found the quite bewildering number of forms this verb can take in the aorist, both medium or passive:

-ἐτερψάμην
-ἐταρπόμην
-ἐτεταρπόμην
-ἐτέρφθην
-ἐτάρφθην
-ἐτάρπην
-ἐτράπην

Better still, they seem to have all the same meaning. Even by Homer's standards ...
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Odyssey 2, 42-46

οὔτε τινʼ ἀγγελίην στρατοῦ ἔκλυον ἐρχομένοιο,
ἥν χʼ ὑμῖν σάφα εἴπω, ὅτε πρότερός γε πυθοίμην,
οὔτε τι δήμιον ἄλλο πιφαύσκομαι οὐδʼ ἀγορεύω,
ἀλλʼ ἐμὸν αὐτοῦ χρεῖος, ὅ μοι κακὰ ἔμπεσεν οἴκῳ
δοιά·

Telemachus is making his maiden speech in the assembly. What struck me was 'ἀλλʼ ἐμὸν αὐτοῦ χρεῖος'. αὑτοῦ surely refers to Telemachus, so we have something like: No, my own need etctera. But isn't it unusual for αὑτός to refer to the 1st ...
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Iliad 22 (spoiler alert!)

I’ve just finished book 22 and…. Hector is dead! He’s really dead. I knew of course this would happen, knew it long before I began to read the Iliad, and even so, reading book 22 was heartbreaking. Most of all perhaps the last desperate attempt by Priamus and Hecabe to persuade him to retreat inside the safety of walls. It’s a very long time since I was thus blown away by a story, War & ...
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Recommended editions of the Iliad and Odyssey?

Χαίρετε πάντες,

I'm just about finished with a two-semester college Greek course and am hoping to get more into some real texts soon. I've already read Pamela Ann Draper's annotated edition of Book 1 of the Iliad and would like to continue reading the poem in Greek (picked up some other student editions but none really kept my interest as much as the Iliad,) though I've been having some trouble finding a complete edition. I ...
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Help to translate

Dear all,

Cause I have just begun ancient Greek self-study, so I got some puzzled, please kindly help me a little bit
. I learn the book A reading course in Homeric Greek of Raymond Schoder. I tried many times but still not get the meaning of this below proverb:

ομοιον εστιν ομοιω φιλον

My word analysis is as below

ομοιoν = acc, like to - similar to
εστιν = verb, be
ομοιω = ...
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Homeric Receptions

Paul Derouda wrote:I'm pretty much in agreement with Ahab that we should try to understand Homer as much as possible in his own context. But perhaps there is a paradox - perhaps this modern approach in itself, this idea of "objectivity", is a form of cultural appropriation, only one typical of the "scientific age"?


Interesting comment. However, I don't think "objectivity" or "scientific" is an accurate description of my approach to understanding Homer. Haven't all readers ...
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Iliad17, 3-6/ Homeric similes

At the beginning of book 17 Menelaus fights for the corpse and armour of Patroclus, slain by Hector.

βῆ δὲ διὰ προμάχων κεκορυθμένος αἴθοπι χαλκῷ,
ἀμφὶ δʼ ἄρʼ αὐτῷ βαῖνʼ ὥς τις περὶ πόρτακι μήτηρ
πρωτοτόκος κινυρὴ οὐ πρὶν εἰδυῖα τόκοιο·
ὣς περὶ Πατρόκλῳ βαῖνε ξανθὸς Μενέλαος.

Though it's a relatively short simile (for Homer at least) I think it is one of the more striking and even touching I've read so far. Another favourite ...
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Iliad16 and interpolations

Right at the end of book 16 is a longish passage (790-804) that describes how Apollo strips Patroclus of his armour. Ameis brackets this entire passage because of its inconsistency with the struggle for Patroclus' armour in book 17. Several questions come to mind:

-do modern commentators still hold the same view?
-why would these lines have been added to the text; I mean what is the surplus value of having Patroclus stripped after having ...
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Vocabulary

After nearly sixteen books of the Iliad my reading speed has improved dramatically (as well it should after many thousands of hexameters). What's slowing me now is mostly vocabulary and unusual/ irregular forms of verbs. But most of all vocabulary. Even after so many pages there are still many, many words I don't know the meaning of, often several in one sentence. That's frustrating. Lately I have begun to jot them down and put them ...
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