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Alexander the Great?

Hi, I'm a beginner at this stuff and I have some questions abot Alexander the Great, can anyone help me?
Are there any records of Alexander's voyage to India?
What dialect is Plato's dialogues in?
Are there any texts regarding the Olympic religion?
Where are Heracles, Jason and the Argonauts etc etc, those well-known Greek legends from?
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Taxonomical Latin

Scientists use Latin labels to classify animals, plants, and fungi into families, orders, classes, phyla, kingdoms etc.

Families of animals end in –idae, for example:

Felidae: the cat family
Equidae: horse, zebras asses
Hominidae: the family to which humans belong.

The classes of plants have the same ending, e.g. the class Asteridae.

I’ve always wondered where they got this –idae suffix from and what it means. Is it Greek or something, cos I know Latin ...
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alphabet development and classical latin


I'm new to Latin and I'm trying to (re-)start it right, and maybe even write some software on Latin (I'm a C/C++ programmer).

I did some research to find out about the development of the latin alphabet, but have found inconsistencies and contradictions between the results. Here is what I have:


( ...
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Unit #1 Ex 19

I am working through Unit 1 exercises and drills. I got stuck at #19:
Feminae est forma, fama nautae; feminis est forma, fama nautis.
The link to the the PDF answer key seems to be down, any help would be appreciated. If I ignore the comma I can come up with:
The woman's beauty is the talk of the sailor for the first part but otherwise, the only way I could make sense of it ...
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Das Inverse Theory in education

Since this is a forum focused on learning I thought I might share with you another manifestation des Inversen Theorys. Yes that is the german genitive which I 1/knew last year so I (1/know it)^-1 1/then! Anyhow listen to this:

I was eager for a lesson on Friday even in the anarchic afterMATH of a crazy pure test involving multitudinous constants k although the word constant begins with a c I suppose it's german think ...
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Beginner question: use of article

Getting back into Greek, I forgot how uncertain of myself I get in translations...
Following sentence from Peckett and Munday's Thrasymachus:

dhlw~ ga\r tw|~ paidi\ ta\ e0n tai=j tw~n o0lbi/wn nh/soij.

I got stuck on that ta\ in there, but if it makes the following clause substantive, I translate mechanically as:

So I am showing to the boy the things in the island of the blessed.

...and a bit more idiomatically as...

So I'm showing ...
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Esca dinosauris

A cuius generis dinosauro te maxime iuvaret devorari?
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Elision and Prot' elision

Does Greek have Protelision similar to Latin?

Would diatribh\ e)/stiv go to diatrib\ 'stin or stay un protelided?
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Lesson XLIII, paragraph 283

Lesson XLIII, paragraph 283

a)faireo/meqa basilh=a Xrushi/da to\ ge/raj kalo/n.

I believe this is saying something like "We are robbing the king of Chryses' daughter, the beautiful prize." What's confusing me is that both basilh=a and Xrushi/da blah blah are in accusative. Is this how it's supposed to be, or is there some meaning (i.e. that Chryses' daughter is a king, which makes little sense in context) that I'm missing. I have a ...
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Half remembered Greek epigram

Some time ago I was reading a book about the poetry of AE Housman and it included an epigram from the Greek Anthology by -I think-Leonidas of Tarentum, with the thought of there being thousands of years before you're born and thousands after you die-the vita brevis idea.
Can anyone pinpoint the epigram please and if possible give a link to the original greek?
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