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Introduction

Hello Everybody! I'm Nicholas Swift; I'm 25 years old; I live in the beautiful foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York. I fell in love with Greek literature in highschool through English translation, and in college I toyed with the idea of learning Greek, but it seemed like a distant dream. After graduating, and travelling for a while, my girlfriend and I decided to build a cabin on family land in New York. We ...
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absolute beginner

I have recently decided that I wanted to learn Latin and would like to discuss ways and materials to help me learn more effectively, faster, and hopefully cheaper. I was hoping that somebody here could give me a few hints.
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Septuagint

My Septuagint just got in the mail today, so if I need any help, I'll be coming here. Expect some wild translations from yours truly. :)
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Commentary Question

Hello All,

I am getting a bit more serious about Homeric (even though I'm waaaay behind on turning in translations to the Odyssey Group) and I'm looking at procuring a commentary. These are the commentaries recommended by my Classical Greek prof....have any of you used them? WHat would you recommend??

Here's the list:

Bloom, Harold Homer's Odyssey
Heubeck, Alfred and Hoekstra, Arie A Commentary on Homer's Odyssey
Page, Denys The Homeric Odyssey
Powell, Barry B. ...
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two terms

Hello,

I do not know greek language, but I have to determine the exact meaning of two terms. The terms are "dsa" and "dei". One could find them in the following (Aristotle, "Topica",VII):

(Sorry for writing without accents)
"... dsa gar qateron categoreitai, xai qateron categoreisqai dei".

The meaning is something like "for all that is predicated of the one should be also predicated of the other" (Aristotle is giving a definition for "sameness").
Thank ...
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Dialects

I'm planning to learn Greek soon, but the many different dialects confuse me. I wonder two things.

a) How big are the differences? If I learn for example Attic, will I then be able to understand, say, Koine?
b) Which dialect is the most common? Which dialect is spoken here at Textkit, or are all of them used here?

I'd really appreciate some replies on this.

Also, which book available from Textkit should I use?
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Subject or accusative?

In the sentence:

Non debes officia deorum desiderare

officia could be accusative or nominative plural. I was thinking it was accusative as officia is what ought not to be desired (debes is working on officia). If that is the case then what is the subject since nothing else is in the nominative?
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Relativitatis Anniversarium

Dubito num qui physicistae praeter me hoc forum frequentent. Forsitan ergo ignoretis anno 2005 celebrari anniversarium maximi momenti, quod ad scientistas sicut me ipsum pertineat.

Hoc anno centum anni elapsi sunt cum Albertus Einstein, scientista celeberrimus, aliquot scientificos libellos gravissimos divulgavit, inter quos erat praeclarus libellus in quo Theoria Relativitatis Specialis primo explicabatur.

Hanc theoriam magnopere amo, quae tam formosa sit quam elegans. Re vera ego theoriam relativitatis multo facilius comprehendere possum quam, exempli gratia, ...
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Homeric Greek word order

Hello,

I'm in between Lesson III and IV in Pharr's book and it suddenly dawned upon me that I have no idea how I'm actually performing the translations. :) What I mean to say exactly is that I can do a "best fit" word order translation from greek to english, but when going from english to greek, I have no idea about the word order in greek. Does the verb come first? Last? Anywhere? Adjective ...
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241? really?

I see that the most users ever online is listed at 241!
(It was at +/- 35.) Is this correct? Amazing that the site did not have a meltdown.
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