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First Greek reading

Dear all,

I have just finished studying the textbook An Introduction to Ancient Greek: A Literary Approach, and I'm wondering which of the following books at my disposal should I begin studying:


Babrius Fables
Plato: Apology, Euthyphro, Crito, Phaedrus, Phaedo

New Testament (Nestle Aland)
Septuagint (Hendrickson Publishers)

My first attempt was with LXX's Genesis, which I gave up after a few chapters because a) the book is too heavy to hold ...
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Etiam si puellae cupiditate fere consumebatur, cet.


I'm reading these days some stories from 'Fabulae Syrae', a book written by Luigi Miraglia. Today I found this locum, which I couldn't understand well enough. I tried to render it in (into?) English, in order to ask you this question, but my writing skills are so bad that I wanted to cry.

It says: "Daphne, filia Penei, qui deus cuiusdam fluminis erat, primus amor fuit Apollinis; qui tamen, etiam si puellae cupiditate fere ...
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Latin Astrological Terms

I'm trying to put together a list of Latin terms that were used in astrology. Some have been easy to find--the classic names for each House of the Zodiac are in Latin (e.g. the House of Self is "Vita", the House of Relationships is "Uxor")--but I can't find the others (e.g. the term for "House" itself, which are the divisions of the Zodiac into areas of rulership: I'm not sure "Doma" is appropriate here).

Does ...
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Ajax 201-595

I'm starting a new thread for the first episode of the Ajax. I have at least two grammar questions that I couldn't resolve to my satisfaction even with the commentaries I have at hand.

Τέκμησσα: ἀλλ᾽ οὖν ἐγὼ 'φύλαξα τοῦτό γ᾽ ἀρκέσαι.
Αἴας: ἐπῄνεσ᾽ ἔργον καὶ πρόνοιαν ἣν ἔθου.

What's the exact function of the aorist ἐπῄνεσ᾽ here? Finglass calls it "instantaneous aorist".

Αἴας: τί δῆτα μέλλει μὴ οὐ παρουσίαν ἔχειν;

I have ...
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Pronouncing long-by-position syllables when reading aloud

I'm working through Pharr, and I'm very much enjoying getting this hands-on with actual Homer so quickly. I'm currently trying to get better at reading aloud, first making sure I can read the meter properly and then adding in the accents (interpreting the long acute as low first mora / high second mora and vice versa for the circumflex). Having listened to a couple recordings, I'm starting to get the hang of the general pattern ...
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Prefix spelling normalizations?

In a wide variety of texts, I stumble across variations in prefixes:

irrumpit or inrumpit
(Caesar Bello Gallico, Book V, Ch 44 ; Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, Book I, Ch 14 )

and elsewhere:

irrupta and inrumpit inrumpunt inrumpentem
(Horace, Odes, I.13 , Aeneid: IV 640, VI 528; IX, 729 )

and one finds other variations:

adferebantur and affertur
(Caesar Bello Gallico, Book II, Ch.1 , Catullus LXXXIV, 9 )

I'm ...
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Mihi nomen est coquus. Linguam latinamque graecam apud ludo discebam, et iterum mihi legere placet.

I have dabbled in composition, but have spent more time learning to read: Vergil, Horace, Catullus, Cicero and Caesar. Although initially interested in just poetry, I have expanded my horizons to include prose and speeches. My goal is to read through the basic college and Master's reading lists, so that should I ever return to school for an advanced ...
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Is there any truth to this?

Is there any any truth in the phrase "Greek starts hard and gets easier, Latin starts easy and gets hard?" I don't expect it to be completely true, but is there even a lick of truth to it? What makes Greek get easier? What makes Latin get harder? (Wrong forum, I know.)
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Ajax 1-200 a new start

Although there are some good things on both the previous Ajax threads neither for different reasons are easy to follow.

ΟΔ. Ποίαισι τόλμαις ταῖσδε καὶ φρενῶν θράσει; 46

I am not sure how this line works even with FInglass ("What was this daring and boldness of mind with which he acted?"). F. explains this "The modal dative "describes the circumstances which accompany the action (Moorhouse 90). Odysseus effectively asks "how did he go about it?" ...
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After ending up several times in this forum, I've decided to become an active member. :D My name is Carlos and I come from Northern Mexico. On my exchange semester in Dresden I've decided to take "Klassisches Griechisch I". Partly -using Internet slang- "for the lols", partly because I've been surrounded by "greek stuff" since I was a child. The course is quite heavy on ...
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