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Incorporating authentic politeness strategies into compositi

What were the socially recognised politeness strategies that were used in Greek (Hellenic or Hellenistic) texts?

Were honorifics, particles, tenses, word order, adverbs and/or choice of vocabulary used as politeness strategies? Does anybody have advice on how I could include them idiomatically into my compositions?

Our friend Marcos seems to rely on honorifics, so perhaps that is a starting point.
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the 2nd Amendment in Ancient Greek

τοῦ ἐμπείρου στρατεύματος σῴζοντος τὴν πολιτείαν τὴν θέλουσαν ἐλευθέραν μένειν, ὅπλα ἐχέτω ὁ δῆμος καὶ φερέτω.
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I asked and received permission from Dr. Albert to translate her book into Greek:

Sigrides Albert
Imaginum Vocabularium Latinum
Secunda editio aucta.
Saraviponti 2009
ISBN 978-3-923587-55-4

In order to use this unique Latin picture dictionary, you will need to purchase the book from Dr. Albert, since my translation will have no pictures. The translation is being created under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license. If you are not a ...
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moses maimonides greek translation?

Because the common English name of this philosopher has a greek patronymic suffix (Μαϊμων - ίδης), I was wondering if there were any translations of his works into medieval Greek or a high brow form of Kathereuousa?

Also is there a reason his name has commonly been hellenized instead of using a latin form?
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the Cranberries' "Linger" in Ancient Greek

Oh, I thought the world of you.
I thought nothing could go wrong.
But I was wrong, I was wrong.
Dolores O'Riordan 1971-2018

ἡ γῆ μοι ἔδοξας εἶναι.
ἐνόμισα δ' ἀβλαβῆ τὸν Ἔρωτα,
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"All I Want for Christmas is You" in Latin

Since many traditional Christmas carols are English adaptations of Latin songs (e.g. "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful" versus "Adeste Fideles"), I thought it might be interesting to turn the tables on that tradition and adapt a modern English yuletide tune into Latin. I think it would be especially fun to sing given how upbeat and decidedly contemporary in style this song is, thus subverting common expectations about the overall tone of practically anything sung in ...
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Errare humanum est


Amicus meus sacerdos factus est candidatus ad doctoratum in disciplina biblica. Spero saltem diploma doctoratus a mendis liberum futurum esse.
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Our own News in Greek (maybe in Latin too)

Χαίρετε πάντες φίλοι τῶν ἑλληνικῶν τε καὶ ῥωμαϊκῶν λόγων. The other day I was thinking about how to motivate myself to start writing in Greek, lest I grow rusty by only reading and never writing in the language; having tried a couple of Prose Composition textbooks, although no doubt useful as a teaching tool, I found the subject matter somewhat limited. So I thought to start here a thread whose purpose would be occasionally to ...
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what makes a text hard/easy

Things that make a Greek text hard: low frequency words, rare forms of word both in the sense of less used tenses and in the sense of examples of more common cases/tenses that are highly irregular, long sentences, low frequency verbal forms, idioms.
However long sentences can be quite easy if the syntax is simple. A long description can be quite easy if is a mere list. Also high frequency words that have multiple meanings ...
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Νόννου παράφρασις

http://www.mqdq.it/public/hellenica/tes ... S|evan|001

1:1: ἄχρονος ἦν...

ἄχρονος -- ὁ μὴ ἐν χρόνῳ ὤν, αἰώνιος (Λ.Σ.Κ.)

ὁ μὲν χρόνος τὸ τέλος ἀπαιτεῖ. ὁ δὲ Χριστός, ἄχρονος ὤν, τὸν χρόνον λύσει.
1:1: ...ἀκίχητος...

ἀκίχητος -- ἀπρόσιτος (Λ.Σ.Κ.)

οὐδεὶς δύναται τὸν Χριστὸν κιχάνειν, εἰ μὴ διὰ πίστεως Χριστοῦ.
1:1: ...υἱὸς ἀμήτωρ...

ἀμήτωρ -- 1. ὁ μὴ ἔχων μητέρα. 2. ἡ μὴ οὖσα μήτηρ (Λ.Σ.Κ.)

ἡ Μαρία μήτηρ ἀμήτωρ ἐστίν.

1:2: ...ἀτέρμονι σύνθρονος ...
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