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Odyssey, Book 14

By the way of this chapter of the swineherd, what an imagination has
Odysseus for making false tales!



  1. 12. πυκνοὺς καὶ θαμέας, τὸ μέλαν δρυὸς ἀμφικεάσσας:


    How works the accusative here?

  2. ἐξαπίνης δ᾽ Ὀδυσῆα ἴδον κύνες ὑλακόμωροι.
    30. οἱ μὲν κεκλήγοντες ἐπέδραμον: αὐτὰρ Ὀδυσσεὺς
    ἕζετο κερδοσύνη, σκῆπτρον δέ οἱ ἔκπεσε χειρός.


    I don't get the meaning, why κερδοσύνη? What was the clever thing that
    Odysseus did against the dogs? ...
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Trouble understanding critical apparatus

Continuation from this thread.

At 1.346, Van Thiel's Odyssey reads
"μῆτερ ἐμή, τί τ᾽ ἄρα φθονέεις ἐρίηρον ἀοιδὸν

The critical apparatus reads:
346 ἄρα D : ἂρ αὖ (= ψ 264), ἂρ ἂν F

I don't understand the apparatus. All the other editions just have τί τ᾽ ἄρα and don't even mention a variant (I checked the OCT, von der Mühll, Merry-Riddell, Ameis-Hentze-Cauer). The way I understand it, different readings are separated by a colon. ...
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Pharr 3 edition / Smyth Greek Grammar Cross-References

Here is the rough draft of an Appendix to a commentary (Three Quarrels) I am finishing up on Book I. It is a companion to Pharr, a veritable "everything you ever wanted to know" about the Grammar and Morphology of Book I.

The Pharr references are to the 3rd Edition (1959), the one available on PDF online. Please excuse any infelicities. It has not been proofed, but may be of immediate use to present students ...
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Odyssey, Book 13

    184. ὣς ἔφαθ᾽, οἱ δ᾽ ἔδεισαν, ἑτοιμάσσαντο δὲ ταύρους.
    185. ὣς οἱ μέν ῥ᾽ εὔχοντο Ποσειδάωνι ἄνακτι
    186. δήμου Φαιήκων ἡγήτορες ἠδὲ μέδοντες,
    187. ἑσταότες περὶ βωμόν. ὁ δ᾽ ἔγρετο δῖος Ὀδυσσεὺς
    188. εὕδων ἐν γαίῃ πατρωΐῃ, οὐδέ μιν ἔγνω,


    But what happened with the good Phaenicians? Answer me!

    Oh, this is so unfair, and I'm sure the poet knows that: note the
    contrast at ὣς οἱ μέν...ὁ δ᾽, while the Phaenicians are in ...
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Odyssey, Books 11 and 12




  1. 25. βόθρον ὄρυξ᾽ ὅσσον τε πυγούσιον ἔνθα καὶ ἔνθα


    How should I read the last expression? Would you say that it is as
    accompanied by some gesture indicating the size of the hole?


  2. 134. πᾶσι μάλ᾽ ἑξείης. θάνατος δέ τοι ἐξ ἁλὸς αὐτῷ
    135. ἀβληχρὸς μάλα τοῖος ἐλεύσεται, ὅς κέ σε πέφνῃ


    Though the sense of the passage as a whole is clear (i.e. he will die
    of old), I'm not ...
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Hectors last wish

Dear forum members, first of all i would like to apologize in advance for my english. I am not a native speaker but i try to manage! I have a question About the part in the illiad which contains the last wish of hector: μὴ μὰν ἀσπουδί γε καὶ ἀκλειῶς ἀπολοίμην,
ἀλλὰ μέγα ῥέξας τι καὶ ἐσσομένοισι πυθέσθαι. Is the spelling correct? how do you feel About the punctuation? And what is the translation? Thanks ...
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Response to Paul D. from the Demosthenes thread

Paul D. wrote the following in the thread on Demosthenes' De Corona:

The gap between the preserved text and the speech as actually delivered is a interesting question. Isn't it similar in many respects to the question of how the Homeric epics were written down? (Personally, I don't believe that the Homeric epics are somehow magically different from all the other ancient texts, just because they were "oral". As if everything weren't more or less ...
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Transformation to direct speech needed!

Hello,
can someone please help me to transform the blue verse below into direct speech?
It was Alexander's favourite verse from the Ilias.
It means: "to be brave, and to take the lead in the ranks of the foremost"

Here you can find it: XI, 784 (or VI, 208)

Πηλεὺς μὲν ᾧ παιδὶ γέρων ἐπέτελλ᾽ Ἀχιλῆϊ
αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν καὶ ὑπείροχον ἔμμεναι ἄλλων:

The result should be: Be brave, and take the lead in the ranks ...
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Odyssey, Book 10

Hello everybody, thanks for your help, as always. Here are my
questions with Book 10. I'm still waiting West's commentary from
Amazon :( I hope it arrives to Argentina before Odysseus arrives to
Ithaca, for I've just ordered the second volume. Still then, that is
not the end, but there are usually a lot of difficulties awaiting to
the at the post office. I'm reading with Merry's ...
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Odyssey, Book 8 and 9

Book 8


  1. 192. λᾶος ὑπὸ ῥιπῆς: ὁ δ᾽ ὑπέρπτατο σήματα πάντων
    193. ῥίμφα θέων ἀπὸ χειρός. ἔθηκε δὲ τέρματ᾽ Ἀθήνη
    194. ἀνδρὶ δέμας ἐικυῖα, ἔπος τ᾽ ἔφατ᾽ ἔκ τ᾽ ὀνόμαζεν:


    Does it mean that Athena cheated the game?

  2. 214. πάντα γὰρ οὐ κακός εἰμι, μετ᾽ ἀνδράσιν ὅσσοι ἄεθλοι:


    I would expect πάντας instead of πάντα, because ἄεθλοι is
    masculine.

  3. 225. οἵ ῥα καὶ ἀθανάτοισιν ἐρίζεσκον περὶ τόξων.


    Why is ...
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