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"Breaking Bad" in Ancient Greek


πονΗρὸς γινόμενΟς.

εἰσπίπτων ἐς κακίαν.

πρὸς ἀνομίαν τρεπόμενος.

τὸ ἀπ' ἀρετῆς μετατίθεσθαι.

ἡ τῆς τοῦ ἐσθλοῦ ἀδικίας ἐμφάνεια.

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Paraphrase of Athenaze (Italian)

Hello all,

I have decided to try summarizing the sections of the Italian Athenaze after reading in Greek, using the vocabulary and sentence structure of the text. Since the exercises and grammar are in Italian, I figure this will be my active exercise portion of reading through the text. If you are interested in comparing compositions or have any comments on my mistakes, please feel free to join in!


Ἠ Παράφρασις τοῦ "Ο ΔΙΚΑΙΟΠΟΛΙΣ ...
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τὰ γέλοια ἢ ἄτοπα ῥήματα

ἐξενέγκατε δὲ ἐνθάδε τὰ γέλοια ἢ ἄτοπα ῥήματα. αὐτίκα·

ἡ καμηλοπάρδαλις

ὁ δὲ Ἀγαθαρχίδης ἐν τῷ Περὶ τῆς Ἐρυθρᾶς Θαλάσσης τὴν καμηλοπάρδαλιν συγγράφει·

Ὅτι παρὰ τοῖς Τρωγλοδύταις ἐστὶν καὶ ἡ λεγομένη παρ’ Ἕλλησι καμηλοπάρδαλις, σύνθετον τρόπον τινὰ κατὰ τὴν κλῆσιν καὶ τὴν φύσιν λαχοῦσα. Τὴν μὲν γὰρ ποικιλίαν ἔχει παρδάλεως, τὸ μέγεθος δὲ καμήλου, τὸ πάχος δὲ ὑπερφυὲς, τὸν δὲ αὐχένα τοιοῦτον ὥστε ἀπ’ ἄκρων ἀμέλγεσθαι τῶν δένδρων τὴν τροφήν. (Agatharch. 72)

τὼ ...
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ἐπιδεικτικὸς λόγος

προσέχετε τὸν νοῦν, ὦ ἄνδρες Ἀθηναῖοι· λέγειν γὰρ μέλλω περὶ μεγάλων πραγμάτων, διαφόρων τε καὶ ἀναγκαίων πρὸς τὴν τῆς πόλεως δόξην. δεῖ οὖν νῦν ὑμᾶς, ἃ τῇ πόλει νομίζω συμφέρειν, ταῦτα συνιέναι, τῶν πράξεων τὰς ἀρχὰς καὶ τὰς ὑποθέσεις ὄντα. ὑπὲρ ὧν δέ μοι προσήκει λέγειν, ὡς ἂν οἷόν τε διὰ βραχυτάτων ἐρῶ. πρέπει μὲν πᾶσί ποθεν πανταχῶς καὶ τὴν ἰσονομίαν καὶ τὴν δικαιοσύνην ἔχειν, τῇ δὲ πόλει πρὸς πάντας τὴν εἰρήνην τε καὶ τὴν ...
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French rap song with latin

I did a translation from a french rap song to English/Latin
do you think it make sense ?
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Lost quote


I have studied Ancient Greek and Latin at school, aeons ago. I remember that once a sentence popped up in a translation, and it was something along the lines of TODAY'S YOUNG PEOPLE PREFER LISTENING TO A DISC RATHER THAN TO A PHILOSOPHER (a throwing disc was meant here).

Since then, this quote has been a favourite of mine and it keeps popping up in conversation whenever we get to talking about how the ...
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an "embedded reading" in Ancient Greek

Below is a story in Ancient Greek that I composed in the form of an “embedded reading.” An embedded reading is similar to the “leveled readings” that I have been doing on the other thread, but here the idea is that the base level is repeated and contained within, rather than paraphrased, in each subsequent version of the story. You can read more about the method here:


“Throwing ...
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Pyrhhic war result practice

I wrote this to practice result clauses using "ὡστε". Historical accuracy was a very secondary consideration though I don't think there are any out and out errors. Grammatical accuracy was my main priority though I suspect there may be still quite a few out and out errors in that respect.

Pyrhhic war result practice

τοσαυτας χωρας εν Ἰταλιᾳ επεκρατησαν Ρωμαιοι ὡστε πολυς φοβος εν τω ταραντι ην.
οι του Ταραντος πολιται ουτω εφοβουντο ὡστε επεμψαν ...
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ἔρως περικαής ὤν
ποιεῖ κύκλον πυρός·
ἡδοναῖς χαριζόμενος
ἔπεσον εἰς κύκλον πυρός.

ἔμπιπτον εἰς πύρινον κύκλον
κάτω καταδύνων
ἦγον φλόγας ἀνωτέρω
καύσεται καύσεται
ὁ κύκλος πυρός
ὁ κύκλος πυρός

τὸ ἐρᾶσθαι ὡς ἡδύ
συμπλεξάντων ἀλλήλοις·
ὡς παῖς συνηψάμην σοῖ
κατεφλέχθην δὲ δεινῷ πυρί

ὁ ἀοιδὸς τούτου τοῦ μελίσματος ἦν ὁ Ἰωάνης Χρήματα
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The Boy Who Lost His Faith

πάλαι ἦν τις παῖς πιστεύων ἐν ταῖς παραδόσεσιν ταῖς τῶν γονέων αὐτοῦ. αὐτὸς δὲ ἐκοινώνει τῇ πίστει τῇ πατρικῄ. ἐδιδάχθη μὲν ὁ παῖς τὴν τοῦ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ διδασκαλίαν. χριστιανὸς ἦν ὁ παῖς. χρόνου πολλοῦ προβεβηκότος, ὁ παῖς αὐτὸς ἤρξατο ἀναγινώσκειν τὴν διδαχὴν τοῦ Ἰησοῦ. ἤθελεν συνεῖναι ἀκριβῶς τοὺς λόγους τοῦ Μᾶρκου καὶ τοὺς λόγους τοῦ Ἰωάννου. ἔδοξε δὲ τῷ παιδὶ ὅτι δυσνόητά ἐστιν τὰ ῥήματα αὐτῶν. καὶ διὰ τοῦτο ἤθελεν μαθεῖν τὴν Ἑλληνικὴν γλῶσσαν τὴν ...
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