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Homeric, Attic, Koine, what?

I poked all around Textkit, but I couldn't find a document explaining the difference (at least at a high level) between the Homeric, Attic, Koine greek dialects (chronology, representative bodies of work/authors in each, language features, etc.). For example, it was suggested to me that I should learn Homeric first since then Attic would be much easier, and it would be harder the other way around. I'm quite happy to do this, since Homer is ...
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Law or Classics PhD?

Are there any lawyers, law students, or aspiring law students in the crowd who wouldn't mind discussing what led them to choose the practice of law and what values they consider(ed) important in getting there?

I am a 3rd year student in a BA program (Classics) who is considering a PhD in my field or a career in law. I would highly value any contribution anyone can make to my decision.

What I value in ...
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Visiting the Roman world

The Mediterranean is full of remains of Greek and Roman cities. I hope to one day take a grand tour of the major centres of the Roman world. So far, I've been to Israel and Italy. I understand that Turkey and Libya also have a lot of well preserved remains. Can anyone recommend other places to visit and share your experiences there?

This past summer I visited the town of Sirmione in northern Italy which ...
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Genitive absolute in 1:301

The note in Pharr about line 301 led me to believe that a)e/kontoj e)mei=o is a genitive absolute. However there is no participle, just an adjective and a pronoun. Do we have to assume the participle, maybe e)/ontoj, or does a genitive absolute not always get a participle?
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Clyde Pharr - Who was he?

In a burst of curiousity, I punched "Clyde Pharr" into Google. Most of the links, of course, were for books which he had written, but I found two sites which touched on biography-

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/alumni/public ... #professor (see his photo)

http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/p ... _arts.html (you have to go to the Classics section, and download a PDF)

These sites satisfied most of my curiousity, but any ...
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Friends from around the Indian Ocean, are you and your family all okay?
The tsunami made its way and struck Indian coasts, too. And Raya is from Mauritius.

The shaker of the earth surely hates Christmas. :evil:
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Learning the 'best' pronunciation without a human teacher.

Inputs? Suggestions? Links? How did you learn your pronunciation?

Help. :(
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Pronounciation difficulties


In Pharr's book, there is a koppa, a kappa, and a chi. I think the koppa is an aspirated 'k' sound while the kappa is an unaspirated 'k' sound. But what is the chi? Aspirated 'k' sound? Or is it more like the ch in 'chance'?
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Small problems with De Bello Gallico

I've just started reading De Bello Gallico and I find it to be of intermediate difficulty. One sentence confuses me though:

Qua de causa Helvetii quoque reliquos Gallos virtute praecedunt, quod fere cotidianis proeliis cum Germanis contendunt, cum aut suis finibus eos prohibent aut ipsi in eorum finibus bellum gerunt.

What confuses me the most is the middle part. I've translated the first part to something like "Where the Helvetians also are better than the ...
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Ancient Music

Often, when seeing documentaries, movies, etc. about Rome you hear the brass-and-drums military music. While I quite like it, I wonder if the music is historically accurate; we might know how these instruments looked, but do we know also how they were played?

There is also Greek music. I've heard about the different modes (Phrigian, Doric, etc) ; can anyone point to a Greek source where these modes are explained as related to ancient Greek ...
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