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Operation Crusader in Ancient Greek μι verb practice -part 1

πρό μαχῆς:
Κυνιγγ-ἁμος ἔφη Νορῃ
«κατατεθείκαμεν τὰ ἐπιτήδεια. προτίθημι προσιέναι Γαβρασαλᾳ»
Νορης ἔφη Κυνιγγ-ἁμῳ
«προτίθημι προσιέναι τὸ πετομένων ἀρμάτων λιμένα»
Κυνιγγ-ἁμος ἔφη Νορῃ
«προσμείξεις τοις Ρομελου ἅρμασιν ἐν Γαβρασαλᾳ. ἐὰν ἀπολλύῃς τὰ τῶν πολεμίων ἄρματα, ἀφήσω σε προτίθημι προσιέναι τὸ πετομένων ἀρμάτων λιμένα .»

Ρομελος ἔφη Βαστικῳ
δι' ὀλίγου εἴσειμι εἴς Αντιπυργον. δώσω σοι Αντιπυργον.

ὀγδόης καὶ δεκάτης ἡμέρης, ἑνδεκάτου μηνὸς 1941:

σκοπός τις ἔφη Ρομελῳ
ἐπίασιν τὰ ἄρματα τῆς Βρεττανίας
Ρομελος ἔφη τῷ σκοπῷ. ...
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Lignum vitae in Greek

Translating into Greek is always a good exercise and this little book by saint Bonaventure consisting of fourty-nine short meditations contains no modern realities which could present a special difficulty in translation. Since I don't know Latin well, its french translation will be helpful to me, this is why it might be rather a translation from French. So,

Τὸ ξύλον τῆς ζωῆς

Περὶ τοῦ μυστηρίου τῆς ἀρχῆς

Καρπός α'. Ἡ λαμπρότης τῆς ἀρχῆς

Ὁ ...
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"antidisestablishmentarianism" in Ancient Greek

στηρίζω means to establish something, like, say, an official state church. στρηρισμός (compare στρηριγμός) might mean an establishing of such a church.. A more abstract noun, indicating an advocacy of establishing the church might be στρηρισμοσία. ἀστρηρισμοσία might suggest opposition to establishing a church and ἀνταστρηρισμοσία would in turn be opposition to this opposition. People who hold such a position might be
οἱ τῆς ἀνταστηρισμοσίας.
It has been pointed out that in the English word ...
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Help with translation

Hi guys

Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm looking to translate this phrase into ancient greek

* Son Of Peleus *

i'm really struggling getting it right, its for a piece of art work, can any one help?

thanks in advance
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My choral piece needs Latin words


My name is Jacob. This year I will get a master's degree of music. Lately I compose music mainly for choirs - usually I use words which are in public domain, but sometimes I also write lyrics by myself or take an existing poem (of course with the permission of the author).

Some time ago I composed two choral pieces in a different way than usually a composer would do. I decided to write ...
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Virgil Georgics 4 line 484

atque Ixionii vento rota constitit orbis: "and the circle of Ixion's wheel was halted by the wind" (R.D. Williams).

Ixionii"—(apparently) from Ixioneus, Ixionius, "belonging to Ixion." (What case?)

Orbis (rotation?): Nom. sg? Acc. pl. ? Gen. sg?

The scansion seems to make "rota" (wheel) either nom. or acc. sg.

Can anyone explain the grammar of this line to me?
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optative practice "on why the city fell to the king"

This is not a story as such - more a moment in time with the past and the future implicit in the present.
- «οἱ πολίται ἐφοβοῦντο μὴ τὸ τοῦ βασιλέως στράτευμα ἐμπέσοι τὴν πόλιν. ἐφοβοῦντο μὴ οἱ σύμμαχοι οὐ καιρίως ἀφίκοιντο. ἐφοβοῦντο μὴ οἱ τοῦ βασιλέως στρατιῶται πληρώσαιεν τὸν τῆς πόλεως τάφρον. ἐφοβοῦντο μὴ τὸ τῆς πόλεως τεῖχος ὐπο τοῦ πολεμου αἱρεθείη. ἐφοβοῦντο μὴ οἱ ἄνδρες φονευθεῖεν καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες δουλωθεῖεν. οὕτως ἔπεισα αὐτοῖς ...
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Puer qui numeravit stellas

Here is my translation into Latin of a traditional story from Chiapas, Mexico. The original is in the Tzeltal language, published along with a Spanish translation in Leyendas y cuentos Tzeltales (Mexico City, 1983). My translation is based on the Spanish, which I can also post if anyone is interested.

Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome!


Puer qui numeravit stellas

Fuit olim puer curiosissimus, VI annos natus, quem vasta ignotaque caeli spatia spectare iuvabat. ...
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Mono-lingual helps for Polybius 1:1; guinea pigs needed!

Polybius 1:1: εἰ μὲν τοῖς πρὸ ἡμῶν ἀναγράφουσι τὰς πράξεις παραλελεῖφθαι συνέβαινε τὸν ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς τῆς ἱστορίας ἔπαινον, ἴσως ἀναγκαῖον ἦν τὸ προτρέπεσθαι πάντας πρὸς τὴν αἵρεσιν καὶ παραδοχὴν τῶν τοιούτων ὑπομνημάτων διὰ τὸ μηδεμίαν ἑτοιμοτέραν εἶναι τοῖς ἀνθρώποις διόρθωσιν τῆς τῶν προγεγενημένων πράξεων ἐπιστήμης.

This is another attempt to develop mono-lingual helps for breaking down the syntax of difficult Greek sentences.

If you can understand the above sentence, you don't need any ...
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Ex. 1 from First Greek Writer (video)

Pg. 68 here: http://www.textkit.com/learn/ID/167/author_id/66/
Answer key: http://www.textkit.com/learn/ID/168/author_id/66/

My "composition:" http://youtu.be/ApnRljiVgys

This is *not* extemporaneous -- I prepared first, and used answer key. But for this video, I do not have the key in front of me, and am working from the English, translating as I go.

Responses (video responses?) much appreciated. Even if you are only up to correcting me by reading (or copying) straight from the answer key, I would love that!

Comments on ...
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