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δ 121 special tmesis case


ἐκ Ἑλένη θαλάμοιο θυώδεος ὑψορόφοιο
ἤλυθεν Ἀρτέμιδι χρυσηλακάτῳ ἐικυῖα.

ἐκ δ' codd., corr. Bentley

(OCT Allen)

forth then from her fragrant high-roofed chamber came Helen, like Artemis of the golden arrows. (A.T. Murray 1919)

I came accross this rare combination ἐκ+vowel (not the usual ἐξ+ vowel) and I wondered why such a thing. It seems a correction from Bentley (PBUH). It's published in Platt, A., J. Phil. XXII, 26.198 (so says the ...
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Iliad 1.26: "κιχείω"

I'm having difficulty making sense of this verb.

Perseus tells me that it is the first person singular, aorist subjunctive active form of κιχάνω but I don't understand how this is the case. Does κιχάνω have some irregular aorist stem? And I don't recall ever seeing "-είω" as an aorist subjunctive conjugation. This is my first time reading Homer so I'm probably just clueless.
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Verbs whose Present and Aorist Stems seem identical

In going through P.A. Draper's Iliad:Book 1:Homer, I have come across two verbs whose individual present and aorist stems seem identical: κλύω and ἕζομαι. I confirmed this in my middle Liddell and Scott. Are there many other such verbs with identical present and aorist stems, and why do these two exist?

From what Beekes has in his Etymological Dictionary of Greek, I can speculate on an etymology for ἕζομαι that might account for two originally ...
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Greek books are hard to find

It's not as easy as it used to be to find non-Loeb ancient texts, even if you live in a town with a large university. When I tried to replace my OCT Lucretius, I was told that Oxford has stopped publishing that series, so I had to be content with a Loeb.
I believe that the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics are also no longer being published.
I have to replace my books once ...
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Understanding οὐ and οὔ τις in Illiad 1:86,88

I checked the "Pharr Discussions By Chapter" and did not seen anything to help me.

I have trouble understanding the use of οὐ at the beginning of 1:86.

Is it referenced two lines later with οὔ τις being an emphasis?

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The grave accent in Homeric and Classical Greek

I have been playing around with West's The Singing of Homer and the Modes of Early Greek Music. Transposing the notes (which are only relative, not absolute), I turned my guitar into a tetrachord harp with open strings 1-3 and a capo F# on the 4th. This is the reverse string order of the harp West describes, where the thumb strikes the high notes, but that can't be fixed on the guitar. I've also been ...
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Studia Pindarica

Anyone interested in Pindar will want to read, and engage with, Bundy's Studia Pindarica, which, I just discovered, is online, thanks to the University of California and Bundy's widow:

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Thoreau's Homer

Dear all,

what initially inspired me to learn Greek was reading Thoreau. After all, what youngster can withstand his imperative that every real man ought to spend a couple of his best years learning a dead language?

I am interested in knowing what edition of Homer it could have been that he had with him at Walden in 1845-47 (turning the page once a week!). What would have been the Homer most readily available at ...
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The "newish" Sappho #58

This is the "formerly new" Sappho that was published in full (or relatively so) only in 2004.

The source is http://inamidst.com/stuff/sappho/. Some words are conjectured, but I'm pasting the version without square brackets for readability.

Υμμες πεδὰ Μοίσαν ἰοκόλπων κάλα δῶρα, παῖδες,
σπουδάσδετε καὶ τὰν φιλάοιδαν λιγύραν χελύνναν·
ἔμοι δ’ ἄπαλον πρίν ποτ’ ἔοντα χρόα γῆρας ἤδη
ἐπέλλαβε, λεῦκαι δ’ ἐγένοντο τρίχες ἐκ μελαίναν·
βάρυς δέ μ’ ὀ θῦμος ...
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Attributive and predicative adjectives

From Mimnermos:

τίς δὲ βίος, τί δὲ τερπνὸν ἄτερ χρυσῆς Ἀφροδίτης;
τεθναίην, ὅτε μοι μηκέτι ταῦτα μέλοι,
κρυπταδίη φιλότης καὶ μείλιχα δῶρα καὶ εὐνή·
οἷ’ ἥβης ἄνθεα γίγνεται ἁρπαλέα
ἀνδράσιν ἠδὲ γυναιξίν· ἐπεὶ δ’ ὀδυνηρὸν ἐπέλθῃ
γῆρας, ὅ τ’ αἰσχρὸν ὁμῶς καὶ καλὸν ἄνδρα τιθεῖ,
αἰεί μιν φρένας ἀμφὶ κακαὶ τείρουσι μέριμναι,
οὐδ’ αὐγὰς προσορῶν τέρπεται ἠελίου,
ἀλλ’ ἐχθρὸς μὲν παισίν, ἀτίμαστος δὲ γυναιξίν·
οὕτως ἀργαλέον γῆρας ἔθηκε θεός.

I asked Paul if ...
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