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Aspect in Ancient Greek

For those of you interested in a somewhat formal linguistic discussion of aspect in ancient Greek, you might want to check out the dissertation referenced below:

Aspect in Ancient Greek: A semantic analysis of the aorist and imperfective

I have no personal link to this dissertation or to the institution, but found the presentation gave me my first comprehensible model to understand aspect in ancient Greek. Although he uses formal semantics in places, he also ...
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Wilson's New Odyssey Translation in the New York Times

The New York Times recently published the following article:

"The First Woman to Translate the 'Odyssey' into English"

Aside from those aspects that might draw censure or approval from classicists or culture warriors, I liked that the language was examined closely even for a non-expert audience.

Aside from what tradition may or may not say, I found interesting the discussion of the "grammatical" ambiguity hidden in πολύτροπος. Does this accord with ancient commentaries on The ...

How is somebody a προπηλακιζόμενον ... πίθηκον?

Plato, Republic. 9.590b wrote:κολακεία δὲ καὶ ἀνελευθερία οὐχ ὅταν τις τὸ αὐτὸ τοῦτο, τὸ θυμοειδές, ὑπὸ τῷ ὀχλώδει θηρίῳ ποιῇ καὶ ἕνεκα χρημάτων καὶ τῆς ἐκείνου ἀπληστίας προπηλακιζόμενον ἐθίζῃ ἐκ νέου ἀντὶ λέοντος πίθηκον γίγνεσθαι;

If people laughed at the child-like antics of monkeys at that time as we do at circuses and zoos, the nπροπηλακιζόμενον might imply ridicule rather than besmirched reputation.

What type of moral or cultural associations are implied with a description ...

Greek colloquies

So I've been searching around for Greek colloquies that I can "easily" adapt for students. There's of course the "common" and excellent material like:

Blackie's Greek and English dialogues, for use in schools and colleges

Gretser's translation of four of Spanmüller's (Pontanus) Progymnasmata.

Johnson's (Joannides') Sprechen Sie Attisch? . Even in a new edition and an Italian translation.

Possel's (Posselius) Οἰκείων διαλόγων βιβλίον seu familiarium colloquiorum libellus Graece et Latine.

Shirley's Εἰσαγωγή sive Introductorium Anglo-Latino-Graecum, ...
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Acts 9:11-12. Inception

ἰδοὺ γὰρ προσεύχεται, καὶ εἶδεν ἄνδρα Ἁνανίαν ὀνόματι εἰσελθόντα καὶ ἐπιθέντα αὐτῷ χεῖρας ὅπως ἀναβλέψῃ

For behold, he is praying, and he perceived a man with the name Ananias having come in and having laid hands (upon him) so that he would see again.

I must be misunderstanding this. Just to fit the narrative I would have expected this to be more instructions to Ananias. (Behold, you will ...
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Difficulty with Acts 7:53

Roberto and I were a little stumped by this tonight.

οἵτινες ἐλάβετε τὸν νόμον εἰς διαταγὰς ἀγγέλων, καὶ οὐκ ἐφυλάξατε.

I haven't looked up any translations (except the Latin), but I read it as: "You who have taken the law for commandments of angels/messengers, and not kept it."

That doesn't make much sense to me, I'm afraid. Is he really arguing that the Jews ignored the law because it came from angels, not God? The ...
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grammar rationale?

Cicero, pro Sestio, ch. 50, first sentence

While I believe I have a satisfactory meaning for this sentence, I don't know how to explain the verb tenses/moods with respect to removeris, which I read as perfect subjunctive, videantur, which I read as present subjunctive, and the future active infinitive sensuri esse.

Context: Reviewing the political situation at present, Cicero asserts that there is no basic political conflict between the aristocrats and the masses of citizens. ...
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Introduction: Dave Burt

Hi, I'm Dave Burt, currently studying part time at Ridley Melbourne. I finished an intro to Greek a few years ago and Hebrew last year and intend to keep growing my proficiency, but slowly because I have limited time after family, work and study commitments. Nevertheless I'm using Duolingo for modern Greek and Hebrew, and listening to audio readings (Various Koine/Reconstructed NT recordings and Haktuvim for Hebrew), and have started Buth's courses for both languages. ...
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A Halloween treat

A tale of a phantom female with a lust for human flesh.
Best read to the accompaniment of Radiohead’s We Suck Young Blood. I greet trick-or-treaters
with that, played at full volume, but they pay no heed.

“οὐ γὰρ ὕλη ἐστίν, ἀλλὰ ὕλης δόξα. ὡς δὲ γιγνώσκοιτε
ὃ λέγω, ἡ χρηστὴ νύμφη μία τῶν ἐμπουσῶν ἐστιν,
ἃς λαμίας τε καὶ μορμολυκίας οἱ πολλοὶ ἡγοῦνται.
ἐρῶσι δ’ αὗται καὶ ἀφροδισίων μέν, σαρκῶν δὲ
μάλιστα ἀνθρωπείων ἐρῶσι ...
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Errare humanum est


Amicus meus sacerdos factus est candidatus ad doctoratum in disciplina biblica. Spero saltem diploma doctoratus a mendis liberum futurum esse.
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