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This board is a composition workshop, like a writers' workshop: post your work with questions about style or vocabulary, comment on other people's work, post composition challenges on some topic or form, or just dazzle us with your inventive use of galliambics.

Having a hard time with Greek composition (using Sidgwick)

I've been working with Crosby's "An Introduction to Greek" and I picked up Sidgwick's "A First Greek Writer" plus key from this site. Feeling fairly confident that I could probably make it through the first exercise or two without excessive errors, I tried Sidgwick's first exercise (the one on swans). When I checked my translation with the key, I was terribly wrong from start to finish, and I can't help thinking that I just ...
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a story about Calvin Coolidge in Ancient Greek

ην αρχων τις των United States. το ονομα τουτου του αρχοντος Calvin Coolidge ην. Coolidge ουκ ηθελησε λαλειν. αει ουτος εσιγησε. ουδεποτε ουτος ελαλησε. πολλην σιγην αυτῳ ην. δια τουτο οι ανθρωποι εκαλεσαν αυτον "Silent Cal." ημερᾳ τινι γυνη τις αφικομενος προς τον Coolidge ειπε αυτῳ «ω Mr. President. αθλον νυν ποιωμεν. λεγω οτι εγω δυναμαι αναγκαζειν σε λαλειν δυο λογους.» απεκριθη Coolidge «νενικησαι.»

video can be found here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-IGUvfrNCk ...
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Here's to you by Joan Baez

Here's to you, Nicola and Bart
Rest forever here in our hearts
The last and final moment is yours
That agony is your triumph

Vobis hoc, Nicolæ Bartoque,
requiescant in pace cordibus.
Vobis ultimum estis momentum.
Agoniens triumphavistis.

My first translation ever.
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Origo Viae Lacteae

Si placet, mone me si sunt errata ulla.


Origo Viae Lacteae

de Mythis Cherokiorum de James Mooney

Aliqui in austro habuerunt pistrinum maizio in quo contunderunt maizium et facerunt farem, et aliquod

mane cum venerunt id implere animadverterunt aliquod maizii inter noctem abstulitor. Inspexerunt terram

et invenerunt vestigia canis, itaque inter noctem insequentem invigilaverunt, et quando canis venit ex

septentrionibus et incepit esse farem ex cratera, captaverunt et ...
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William Wilberforce: For the Abolition of Slavery (1791)

This is a short excerpt I've found on Wikipedia of William Wilberforce's speech before the House of Commons,
delivered April 18, 1791. The entire speech can be found on Google books, The Parliamentary history of England from the earliest period to the year 1803.

I have scarcely deviated from the original. Since I have a rather meager vocabulary, LSJ along with Perseus' English-to-Greek tool
were very beneficial. I hope to receive corrections and constructive criticism. ...
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Help with poetry

Hello :) I wrote a haiku in Latin for my girlfriend, and would really appreciate it if someone could have a look at it and tell me if there are any improvements or corrections I could make. Thanks !

I wanted to say

I am forever yours
and you make me complete
my light, I love you

and I translated it as

semper tuus ero
et me ...
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"The looser went out to loose." a Greek story

“The looser went out to loose.”
A Story to help internalize Greek verb forms
By Mark Lightman

Τὴν δ’ ἐγὼ οὐ λύσω
“I’m not gonna loose her.” Iliad 1:29

Cast of Characters:

ὁ λύων a warrior who sacked a city and took a woman prisoner.

ὁ λυόμενος the woman’s father, who went out to ransom his daughter back.

ἡ λυομένη the woman herself, who is getting set free.

ὁ λύων ἐξῆλθε λῦσαι γυναῖκα. ἐν τῷ ...
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Know Thyself

Does anyone here know Greek but also ancient Greek??
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Someone HELP!!!

Ok. I want to get a tattoo of the ancient greek proverb "KNOW THYSELF" BUT- I cannot figure out a few things. Such as. Do I get it in modern Greek? or Ancient Greek? Or whatever Greek?

Also, here is a link for your ...thinking of this topic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_thyself
Question: See the picture of the window on the right. See the inscription in Greek KNOW THYSELF. then see how ...
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Amateur poetry

I have written 3 Latin haiku, and I would greatly appreciate if someone could check the spelling and grammar for me.

The first one is meant to read

I hear a game,
Tiny feet, sounds
Of playful laughter

Which I have written as

audio ludus ,
pediculi, sonitus
risus ludicri

And the second one is supposed to be

Birds in the heights
Wind stirs the leaves
Sunlight shines

Which I have written as

aves in ...
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