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Patristic Greek

Hello,

I'm reading through St. Athanasius's "Contra Gentes" and came across a particular use of the infinitive that I'm having trouble classifying. I was hoping somebody could help.

The sentence is a question.

τις χρεια της μορφης, και μη . . . δια πασης απλως υλης επιφαινεσθαι τον Θεον;

I apologize for the lack of accents; I'm still getting the hang of Greek input on the keyboard.

Athanasius (in a polemic against the worship of ...
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Greetings from a new Latin learner

I have come to learning Latin (and if I persevere, later, ancient Greek) in mid-life, as part of a longtime quest to give myself the broad education in the humanities, and specifically in the Western classical languages, that I never had.

Why the humanities? The simple answer is that I have always liked to read, travel, and learn about other times and places. And as my formal education was in maths, sciences, and engineering, I ...
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An Introduction

Hello, Salvete seu Χαιρετε, Ξερξης Βασιλευς ειμι ( or Xerxes Rex if you prefer the Latin.)I am new here but I have studied Latin for about 4 years and have been studying Attic Greek for about a year. I joined this site to be apart of a community that has a love of classical history, culture, literature, and language. I work as a substitute teacher in California and have my BA in European History, moreover ...
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Scanning a verse by Plautus

Hello all,

This is not a simple question, as it scholars don`t stop arguing about the meter in Plautus. Nevertheless, it is known the basic: the verse is a iambic senarius. The last word contains a perfect iamb. But what about the rest?

Here it goes:

Pauci sint faxim qui sciant quod nesciunt.

In other words, the question I entreaty you to answer is: are the sciant and the last syllables of nesciunt the only ...
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Hello From Kansas

Hello my name is Sarah and I am looking forward to learning Greek and Latin. I also recently found out that I had family from ancient Greece and Rome so it would be a big help to learn the language they used back then etc. :P
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Odyssey, Book 10

Hello everybody, thanks for your help, as always. Here are my
questions with Book 10. I'm still waiting West's commentary from
Amazon :( I hope it arrives to Argentina before Odysseus arrives to
Ithaca, for I've just ordered the second volume. Still then, that is
not the end, but there are usually a lot of difficulties awaiting to
the at the post office. I'm reading with Merry's ...
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esse urbium solet - Roma Aeterna XLIII Line 271

Quae ubi intravere portas, non quidem fuit tumultus ille nec pavor qualis captarum esse urbium solet....When they entered the gates, there was not, indeed, that uproar and terror as is typical of captured cites.

What is esse doing in this sentence? Solet seems to be able to do the job by itself.
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Herodotos why τῶν ταύτῃ?

This from the Histories 1.194.1:
τὸ δὲ ἁπάντων θῶμα μέγιστόν μοι ἐστὶ τῶν ταύτῃ μετά γε αὐτὴν τὴν πόλιν, ἔρχομαι φράσων: τὰ πλοῖα αὐτοῖσι ἐστὶ τὰ κατὰ τὸν ποταμὸν πορευόμενα ἐς τὴν Βαβυλῶνα, ἐόντα κυκλοτερέα, πάντα σκύτινα.
This is my translation:
And the greatest wonder of all to me is of the to this besides at least the city itself, I have reached the point to indicate: the ships to it the ones traveling ...
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:-)

I'm a 61 year old dabbler at language learning. I'm going to drift off the ancient language topic a tiny bit in this post, just to introduce myself.
I studied Latin in high school, and got to the point where I could barely begin to read Caesar, and I haven't done much with it since. I learned Samoan to a quite good level (for a foreigner) when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa. ...
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Accents and Agony

Hey everyone, I've been around on text kit for awhile and I've finally made an account. I've been looking to learn ancient Greek for awhile now. I started with Mastronarde's book and found that it honestly was just quite dull and seemed better as a refreshed book than a book to learn on your own (I think this was its original purpose). I was pretty set on learning Attic Greek, but when I took a ...
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