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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.

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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NEED HELP ON INFO ON ILIAD Scholia T & Acusilaus Historicus

Hi, I need a little bit of info on these two Greek manuscripts and have been spinning my wheels trying to get the answers. Any help would be appreciated.

Iliad T Scholia
I need to know the approximate date of this ms. and when they think it was first written. I'm mostly concerned with the actual dating of the ms. itself though.

Acusilaus Historicus
Found in Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, commonly abbreviated FGrHist or ...
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Fleetwood Μac's "Landslide" in Ancient Greek

I took my love and I took it down.
I climbed a mountain and I turned around.

And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
'Till the landslide brought me down…

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you.
But time makes you bolder,
Even children get older and
I'm getting older too.

…the landslide will bring you down.


τὴν ἐπιθυμίαν ...
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Αἱ τοῦ Ἀριστοτέλους παραφράσεις

Χαίρετε, ὤνθρωποι. Ἆρα θέλετε μανθάνειν τὴν τοῦ Ἀριστοτέλους φιλοσοφίαν ἐν τῇ Ἑλληνικῇ ἀλλὰ ὁ Ἀριστοτέλης δυσκολώτερος ὑμῖν ἐστιν; Ὧδε εὑρήσετε πολλὰς παραφράσεις·

Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca

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Let's discuss some stories in Greek!

Real communication in Ancient Greek between real people is a great way to really internalize what you have learned. I've done it a little, but want to do more, and more regularly. But I'd like to do it in a directed, limited way. A free discussion takes me outside my ability too quickly. So, I thought we could try this. I will post some simple stories, usually stories that ...
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"Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind" in Ancient Greek

From Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope 207ff:

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd;

κεχάρηκεν ἡ ἀμώμη,
τοῦ κόσμου λαθομένη.
ἀεὶ γὰρ ἥλιος ταύτῃ,
πάντα μὲν δεξαμένῃ,
οὐδὲν δὲ ποθουμένῃ.
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