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Constantinus Lascaris, Greek Grammar (1476)

The Greek Grammar by Constantinus Lascaris (Κωνσταντῖνος Λάσκαρις) is perhaps the oldest printed work in Greek, dating from 1476.

Two questions. . .

I read through this work, once as an undergraduate and once later, but can't recall seeing any indication as to what Lascaris' own sources were. It is too comprehensive and systematic to have been written ad hoc, and even if it were from memory, it would need a model for organisation. ...
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Memor esto, iam cum signum...

Memor esto, iam cum signum pugnae dabis, has duas acies spectaculo fore Etruscis, ut pugna fessos confectosque, simul victorem ac victum, aggrediantur. Itaque — si nos di amant — ineamus aliquam viam, qua sine magna clade, sine multo sanguine utriusque populi decerni possit utri utris imperent.

Remember, as you give the signal of the fight, they will attack the two divisions, seen by the Etruscans, tired and worn out by the fight, at the same ...
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Moeridis Atticistae Lexicon Atticum

Sorry for the lame question, but...

Grammar books dating from the 1820's till well into that century (inc. LSJ) refer to either Moer. or Piers, ad Moer. in their footnotes.

Some of those books are:
A Greek Grammar of the New Testament By Georg Benedikt Winer (1825)
A Copius Greek Grammar, Volume 1 By August Matthiae (5th Ed. 1837)
A catalogue of irregular Greek verbs [extr. from P.C. Buttmann's Ausführliche griechische ... (1837)

I understand ...
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Byzantine Greek Reading List

Does anyone have a reasonably extensive Byzantine Greek reading list they would be happy to put up?

I am looking for the sort of list a PhD student in the field of Byzantine Literature would have to read for examinations. But it can be a list someone has made up from their own reading or knowledge of the area.

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magnus vs. multus


I am trying to translate "energetic star." The first obvious choice, stella energetica, seems to me to be a "false friend" because the energeticus (from del Col's neo-latin dictionary) refers to "energy (adj.)" (refering to energy as a property) not to "energetic" (refering to amount of energy).

Therefore I am thinking about translating "energetic" as either one of two genitives: magnae energiae or multae energiae. Now, I am wondering which of these two is ...
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Vowel lengthening

Reading Califf's Latin Meter and Verse Composition and surprised by the talk of 'lengthened vowels': surely it is the syllable and not the vowel that is long in virtue of the vowel's position? Is this merely impræcicely expressed or am I missing something?
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sui, yet again

Note to readers: this is a trial effort. I'm posting it to see if any of it is correct!

Boethius, Consolation..., Book 2, Prosa VI

The context is a philosophical argument: Philosophia teaches that office and official power are not good in themselves. For in fact, we see that evil men often hold official power. If offices were good in themselves by nature, then they wouldn't be possessed by bad men.

Ita cum pessimos plerumque ...
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"Iri" is the passive infinitive of "ire". What exactly does this mean, and how can it be used? I've had a hard time with the concept of a passive "to go", and Wheelock's didn't mention it at all save for supplying "itum" in the principal parts of "eo", and with forming the future passive infinitive, but it came up in my reading today. I was able to understand the sense of the clause without knowing ...
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Nomen dei Vulcani

Vulcanus erat deus ignis Romanorum. Vide https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdal%C3%A6gon , ubi dicitur nomen "Vulcanus" venisse de Indoeuropeano Commune verbo wlqwos, id est "lupus", ignis nam vorat ut lupus.

Et vide verbum "ulces" (Anglice ulcer), ulcus vorat ut lupus.
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differences between spoken and written Ancient Greek

Scribo wrote:John, that is a good question and I think the best way to answer it would be to briefly state the situation and expand the question. Which Greek? The thing is you've got several Greek dialects spread over various territories, within those you have several sociolects too. Even within a tightly bound group there is a considerable variation in register of speech. Then bear in mind you have the problem of time.

Our evidence is ...


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