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Practice Is Everything

Postby amans » Sun Oct 17, 2004 2:53 am

Oh, how that rings true when speaking about Greek... (I am a beginner and have been studying for roughly two months...)

"Practice Is Everything" is a quote by Periander, as far as I know, often misquoted as "Practice Makes Perfect".

What I'd like to know is how the quote was originally coined in Greek. Does anybody know?

Please include some hints on how to read the Greek "type fonts" here in Text Kit in your reply... Or point me to an online source where I can see the quote in Greek letters.

Thanks :D
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Postby classicalclarinet » Sun Oct 17, 2004 3:22 am

http://www.textkit.com/greek-latin-foru ... .php?t=111


Please include some hints on how to read the Greek "type fonts" here in Text Kit
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Postby amans » Sun Oct 17, 2004 3:55 am

Thanks very much. That really helped and installing the SPIonic was easy :-) It all makes more sense to me in this part of the forum now... Now I just need the Periander quote in Greek ;-)
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Postby Titus Marius Crispus » Sun Oct 17, 2004 5:12 am

According to http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/2948/fraselat.html,

The Greek was MELE'T_E TO` PA'N.

Strange transliteration, perhaps this is mele/th to\ pa/n?
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Postby amans » Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:17 pm

Titus, thanks

I found "mele/th" in my dictionary and after some research the other word. But shouldn't it have a circumflex? pa=n

I gather the copulative was omitted and that the phrase just means: practice everything.

Anyway, I hope this little phrase will pull a smile in the context I intend it for :-)
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Postby mingshey » Mon Oct 18, 2004 5:15 am

You can safely translate it as "Practice IS the everything", by the agreement of cases. The complement with a defninite article. And it's a very common practice to omit the verb [face=SPIonic]ei)mi/[/face] when the subject is the same thing as, or one of, the complement.

I think you are right about the circumflex.
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Postby amans » Mon Oct 18, 2004 12:18 pm

Ok, I'll try my hand at using the spionic to write in Greek...

[face=spionic]soi/ xa/rin e)/xw[/face]

I hope it shows correctly, and that I haven't made any grammatical errors :wink: I want to say "thank you" - is it correct?

I found the Woodhouse online dictionary, which I look forward to using some more!

Because:

[face=spionic]mele/th to\ pa=n[/face]

Right? :D
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