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Colloquia Latine Recitata

Salvete, omnes!

It has been quite a number of years since I have posted, but over the past several months I have managed to collect several Latin pupils, and for them I have begun making videos in Latin to exhibit the conversational language. I then began to think very fondly upon my old colleagues and correspondences here at Textkit, and I thought I might share with you all these current projects. Here is the playlist ...
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Scanning Iliad 1.3

I'm now pretty comfortable with the metrics of the first two lines of the Iliad based on the discussion in Pharr and elsewhere, but I'm stuck with line 3 based on the rules I've learnt. I can hear the vowel lengths in the first two lines in the Annis recordings but they all sound equal in the recording for line 3, probably because I'm not used to thinking in hexameter.

Could someone let me know ...
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Another Greekless Fly-By-Night Newbie

Greetings !!

I have been a part time student of ancient history for a little while and an amateur historian for the last 12 years stumbling around in the dark of Greek inscriptions and papyri fragments. I joined this forum to get some advice on a number of Greek language issues relating to my studies.

The first one involves one of the graffiti inscriptions from Dura Europos. I am happy to provide pics, and share ...
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Was Homeric Greek spoken? Was Homer one single person?

To preface this, I not only don't know Greek (although my textbook should arrive just before December!), but I've not even read Homer in translation apart from the occasional quotation one finds in various ancient (and occasionally modern or contemporary) works, e.g. in Plato.

In the introduction to Robert Fagles' translation of The Illiad (published by Penguin), Bernard Knox writes
The language of Homer is of course a problem in itself. One thing is certain: ...


A "love" spell

Papyri magicae 4.350:

...ἄξον τὴν δεῖνα, ἣν δεῖνα, ἧς ἔχεις τὴν οὐσίαν, φιλοῦσάν με τὸν δεῖνα, ὃν ἔτεκεν ἡ δεῖνα· μὴ βινηθήτω, μὴ πυγισθήτω μηδὲ πρὸς ἡδονὴν ποιήῃ μετ’ ἄλλου ἀνδρός, εἰ μὴ μετ’ ἐμοῦ μόνου, τοῦ δεῖνα, ἵνα μὴ δυνηθῇ ἡ δεῖνα μήτε πεῖν μήτε φαγεῖν, μὴ στέργειν, μὴ καρτερεῖν, μὴ εὐσταθῆσαι, μὴ ὕπνου υχεῖν ἡ δεῖνα ἐκτὸς ἐμοῦ, τοῦ δεῖνα,...

Apparently a version of this in application is found on a Roman-era lead ...
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A letter of Hort

I have been reading the NT in Westcott and Hort's original edition (on PDF). It is such a pleasure. They print the verse and chapter numbers on the side, like the OCT, so as not to deface the text for reading, like modern Bibles do. The textual notes in the separate volume are detailed and interesting.

Liking the edition so much, I took a look at Hort's collected letters. And I thought that this was ...
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Plato, Apology 26 a4

δῆλον γὰρ ὅτι ἐὰν μάθω, παύσομαι ὅ γε ἄκων ποιῶ.
Some editors & scholars (e.g., de Strycker/Slings) believe that ὅ here is a problem and consider two possible solutions to it:
a. to read οὗ instead. I understand that this would provide παύσομαι with the genitive it needs. Yet this also would, as it seems to me, deprive ποιῶ of the accusative it needs. Am I getting it right that, on this reading, this would ...
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Model editions for standard line numbers in drama

If I'm correct, the line numbers of modern editions of Greek drama are standardized based on one early edition. It seems to be almost impossible to find information about which editions the standards are based on. Does anyone know which editions are used? I need to know the first edition which is used as a standard, not some later edition conforming to this.
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Disgust, purity, fear, belief, and academia

Do yourself a favor and invest some time to watch this conversation between psychologists Dr. Jordan Peterson and Dr. Jonathan Haidt.

Nov 6, 2017: Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Haidt NYU

Jordan Peterson wrote:I recently traveled to New York University to talk with Dr. Jonathan Haidt about, among other things, disgust, purity, fear and belief; the perilous state of the modern university; and his work with Heterodox Academy (https://heterodoxacademy.org/) an organization ...
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Earliest Autographs

My question is a bit difficult to phrase...

Whose is the earliest autograph that is still extant?



Are there verifiable examples earlier than King Odoacer?
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