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I simply cannot read any lengthy PDF document, so I'm trying to find a good Greek grammar at the local bookstores, but am curious, what are the different dialects and what are their major differences?

I've heard of homeric, attic, and new testament Greek. Would one, for example, be able to understand the New Testament (with access to a dictionary) after learning Attic grammar?

Also, I've heard lots of good things about Mastronarde's Introduction ...
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Propertius - Elegies

The poet talks about the misfortune of having been ensnared by his mistress Cynthia. Much of the poem is quite easy. However, there is a line at the end, with which I have some trouble. It runs thus -

cum tamen adversos cogor habere deos

I translate this as "While I am forced to consider the Gods to be hostile" (there is I think an elision of esse). My translation sees it differently, saying it ...
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Hello - just joined Textkit and thought I'd introduce myself. My interests lie mainly within the Greek domain, and I would be particularly interested in talking to others who are studying classical Greek. I am studying Lation as well, though, so Latinists are welcome too! Basically, I'd just like to meet up with people who share these interests as, on the net at least, we seem to be few and far between.

Specs: I'm a ...
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Back to school bloopers

Back To School Bloopers

One of the fringe benefits of being an English or History teacher is receiving the occasional jewel of a student blooper in an essay. I have pasted together the following "history" of the world from certifiably genuine student bloopers collected by teachers throughout the United States, from eight grade through college level. Read carefully, and you will learn a lot.

The inhabitants of Egypt were called mummies. They lived in the ...
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Ablative of cause

Wheelock doesn't really cover this, except as an after thought, so I don't really understand it, but the sentence to translate is: Relying on the courage of his soldiers, he led them against the enemy. Fortitudine militum, contra hostes eos duxit.
Licet tibi ridere.
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Io mei nigri

With all these insults being hurled at one another particularly in Canada I have an idea wherewith textkit might be spiced up a little. Or a lot depending on the fighters.

Have any of you ever been on a rap forum? (Asking Greek and Latin students here...) Perhaps not, well, there they have 'freestyle battles' wherein they pretty much insult eachother and are judged by certain supremes. The winner fights the next challenger etc. Or ...
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Research for a novel

Hi there.
I'm a writer, doing some research for my latest project, a novel length thriller.
Though set in the present day, the novel contains an ancient secret society founded during the Roman Empire. This society uses many Latin terms, names and titles.

I have to confess at this point that I speak no Latin, so I've put them together with various English-Latin translation resources on the web. However, I'd really like to double check ...
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Importance of speaking latin?

I was wondering if learning to speak Latin is important to learning the language. I'm learning on my own, and I just want to be able to read Latin, not speak it. Should I just concentrate on that, or try to speak it correctly? What have you all done?

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One or two more N&H English to Latin

Some more N&H preliminary ones
Neither the king nor his sons will be killed. Nec rex nec filii sui necabuntur. I'm not sure if sui, being reflexive, is correct because that the sons are also part of the subject. Eius seems even more wrong.
Did you, who were present, see him? Tune, qui aderat(adiit), eum vidisti? I originally had Vidistine eum, qui aderas? but I think that is even more wrong.
They were thought to ...
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reading a Greek question

When an English question is being read usually the pitch rises at the end of the sentence. ( Except in TeenSpeech where every sentence rises at the end :) )
When I read a Greek question I do the same.
Is there any indication that the Greeks read a question differently compared to a statement?
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