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genitive absolute

What exactly is the genetive absolute?

I've read my Pharr book and the relevant parts in Smyth, but I still can't really figure it out. Could someone show me some (using words from lesson 21 or earlier from the Pharr book) examples of this construction and why it would be used?

I appreciate it. Thank you.

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principal parts and what they really mean.

[This is an email I was going to send to a friend, but realized that it might be better served being posted here since it could help people realize the importance and *meaning* of the principal part. The "verb grinder" in question is: http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~psilord/verb/test.html
It'll work if you have firefox and is in alpha stages (and this version is far older in code development and data specification than the version I have on my box ...
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Ictus-stress and textual variations

Going great with Pharr... fourteen lessons done and it seems like each is actually getting easier. I've picked up the pace to a lesson a day and the extra momentum is helping. It's not too fast to learn the vocabulary or grammar soundly, and it's not so slow as to kill the motivation and get out of mental shape (going too slowly gives me difficulty with syntax and forms and a blunted memory). But two ...
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Edition differences

Hi everyone,

Are there any major differences between the edition of Pharr's Homeric Greek that is available here and the one that is available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0806119373/qid=1134752126/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-6762146-3026335?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)? Is one better than the other? I'm trying to find a copy of Pharr in print, and the one on Amazon seems like the only one that is available. Thanks!
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When does acute change to grave?

On Pharr page 4:
κᾱλαὶ βουλαὶ ἦσαν φίλαι
δεινὴ κλαγγὴ ἦν ἐν Χρύσῃ κᾱλῃ
why graves here?
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Some questions about the Hymn to Demeter

The phrases po/tnia mh/thr and po/tnia Dhw/ are very frequent. When used like this, is po/tnia an adjective, meaning "revered, august", or a substantive, like "Lady Mother" or "Lady Demeter"? I'm leaning toward the adjective. Is there a good way to tell?

In line 3, eu)ru/opa (which I would like to think of as "far-seeing") is noted by Richardson to mean "with far-reaching voice". He cites Chantraine GH v1 200. I would very much appreciate ...
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Accent and Augment

I was informed only very recently of another reason that learning the rules of accenting can be helpful: it can sometimes indicate an augment.

Here are three instances from the Hymn to Demeter:

Line 25, a)/i+en, impf.act.ind.3rd.sg. of a)i/w.

Line 38, h)/xhsan, aor.act.ind.3rd.pl. of h)xe/w.

Line 95, gi/nwske, impf.act.ind.3rd.sg. of ginw/skw

Are these all instances of augmentation, or does the accent move for other reasons? I suspect the first two examples are augmented, although I ...
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William Recites Homer. Muses Dyspeptic.

At the suggestion of Bert in his capacity as pharr-c guide, I have produced a document explaining how one might go about reciting dactylic hexameters. I'm not sure this is quite what he had in mind. In any case, there's a bunch of text talking about likely stumbling blocks, but the PDF also has a bunch of links to MP3 files of me jabbering away.

Reciting the Heroic Hexameter.

There may yet be some fine ...
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Monro's Homeric Grammar


I purchased not too long ago Monro's Homeric Grammar, softcover edition, but, unfortunately, I had to return it because I found the print very small and barely legible. I also went to abebooks.com looking for a hardcover edition. Needless to say, the hb editions were just too expensive.

Is Monro's HG necessary after I'm done with the Pharr text? It's over a 100 years old. I would imagine it to be in many respects ...
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the high resolution printer friendly format of Pharr

I read from its downloading page that "A high resolution, 16.5 MB, printer friendly format is also available for download", but can't find it.
Could anyone tell me where it is? I don't think I can go though this book on the screen...Thanks.
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