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Epitaphs, memorial phrases

Dear colleagues,

I am looking for typical phrases which are said when commemorating a dead person, like epitaphs. Are there any known greek phrases? I don't know where to search, but maybe you know some literature hints or are sufficiently fluent in ancient greek to come up with your own suggestions. I would be also interested to have translations of the latin "in memoriam" or "requiescat in pace" into greek. But just state everything which ...
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2Cor3:15 What type of contemproaneity is implied?

What type of contemporaneity is implied by the use of ἕως and ἡνίκα (ἂν) with the verb κεῖται. I suspect that it is "(longer) period within which" and "for as long as (the action of the main verb lasts)".

Ἀλλ’ ἕως σήμερον, ἡνίκα ἂν ἀναγινώσκηται Μωϋσῆς, κάλυμμα ἐπὶ τὴν καρδίαν αὐτῶν κεῖται.

What might be the difference between ἕως σήμερον and simply τέως without explication of the σήμερον?

Introducing myself... the young raven


I'm a physicist, but I learned ancient greek and latin in school 10 years ago and still read classical texts as time permits. I'm particularly interested in philosophy (especially pre-Socratic and Aristoteles), ancient scientific and mathematical texts and biblical texts. Unfortunately my language skills aren't as good as they were, but I hope to refresh some of my knowledge while reading in this forum. :wink: Especially ...
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Use of Imperfect Subjuctive

These are lines from Lingua Latina Per se Illustrata:

"Rex eos interogavit 'num scirent ubi esset Arion et quid faceret?' Responderunt 'hominem, cum inde abirent, in terra Italia fuisse eumque illic bene vivere' "

"The king asked them if they knew where Arion was and what he did, they answered that he, when they left Italia ..."

I'm having troubles understanding whether the translation of the subjunctive is correct or not.
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Hi my name is Danielle. I am 19 years old and have a passion for studying Plato. I am a Christian and have lots of questions about the afterlife.

I just graduated college with a diploma in photography! I love the outdoors and being with family.
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Plato's definition of aionios

I've been having some trouble understanding Plato's definition of the word "aionios". I know he coined it but to be his explanation doesn't make sense.

Plato said aionios means timeless if its describing something God creates that extends in perfection from Him, but he also said timelessness has no beginning. But if something is created it has a beginning, so how can it be timeless?
Created= a beginning
Timeless= no beginning

Am I missing something?
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Theocritus, Idyll 1

῾Αδύ τι τὸ ψιθύρισμα καὶ πίτυς αἰπόλε τήνα,
ποτὶ ταῖς παγαῖσι μελίσδεται, ἁδὺ δὲ καὶ τὺ

I'm struggling to see how these first few lines work, specifically what appear to be the neuter plural relative pronouns ἁ. I think the first might go with τηνα? I'm also unsure about whether πιτυς is the subject of the sentence, or if it's actually genitive, because many translations I've read render it 'a sweet thing ...
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Reading On the Incarnation St. Athanasius

On the Incarnation
De Incarnatione Verbi Dei
By: St. Athanasius

Αὐτάρκως ἐν τοῖς πρὸ τούτων ἐκ πολλῶν ὀλίγα
διαλαβόντες, περὶ τῆς τῶν ἐθνῶν περὶ τὰ εἴδωλα πλάνης
καὶ τῆς τούτων δεισιδαιμονίας, πῶς ἐξ ἀρχῆς τούτων
γέγονεν ἡ εὕρεσις, ὅτι ἐκ κακίας οἱ ἄνθρωποι ἑαυτοῖς
τὴν πρὸς τὰ εἴδωλα θρησκείαν ἐπενόησαν·

see also Romans 1:18ff

Previously, we sufficiently addressed a few of the many issues surrounding the error of idol worship among the ...
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Anhypostasis -- Docetism through the back door .

Here's Christian Dogmatics, Carl E. Braaten, Robert W. Jenson, Gerhard O. Forde, p.506 :

"Christological controversy did not end at Chalcedon. The pressures from the right and left wings continued for more than a millennium. At the fifth ecumenical council in Constantinople (A.D. 553) an inference from Chalcedon was drawn, proposed by Leontius of Byzantium, affirming the 'impersonal' humanity of Christ. This is known as the doctrine of the anhypostasia and enhypostasia. Today it sounds ...
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Latin as the Romans Learned It

I recently discovered in a library a beginner's book that seems to employ the "natural" method, called Latin as the Romans Learned It, by Hector Levesque. I took some pictures that can be downloaded here. It's the second part of book one, and Worldcat tells me that the only known copy of this book is the one I came across. Googling the title doesn't give any useful info. Has anyone ever heard of this book?
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