Qimmik wrote:But no one will put you in jail for trying.
Oh yes, we will! We will not tolerate someone here who pronounces Koine with Attic accent or vice versa!
No, seriously, you're doing nicely. If you wanted to be really, really accurate, you'd have to learn at least three separate reconstructed pronunciations, one for Attic 400 BC, one for Koine and one for Homeric! Homeric is the most difficult I suppose, because the Attic spelling used in modern editions doesn't distinguish between the ει /ei/ and ει /e:/ and ου /ou/ and ου /uu/. As it is, I suppose you have enough work already with Attic 400 BC...
What I hear from those recordings is that basically you know how you want pronounce each sound, but in performance there are too many things to keep in mind at the same time, and for that reason you slip from time to time. You don't make the same slips in both versions. So it's really only a matter of practice any more.
A couple of examples:
In the first version, you pronounce υ in ἀργυρῆν the Anglophonic way (/jy/), while in the second version you have succeeded in getting completely rid of the /j/ (or almost). In the second version, I think you pronounce the υ a bit too long – you should try to keep it really short to accentuate the "limping" choliamb rhythm. (x ¯ ˘ ¯ | x ¯ ˘ ¯ | ˘ ¯ ¯ ¯)
τρίτη on line 4: the ι is correct in the first version, in the second it's a vague schwa sound or something.
χρῡσείην line 2: this is really three long vowels in three long syllables. You tend to merge ει and η together.
πεύκη on line 9: ευ seems to be a bit difficult, you pronounce it as a sort of "you" /ju/ sound. Perhaps Spanish
is as good a guide here as any...
But in a word, I'm pretty impressed with you stuff, keep up with it!
Qimmik wrote:You should also be aware that some of the phonological changes that led to modern Greek pronunciation had taken place or were in the process of taking place in Babrius' time: the shift from aspirated obstruents to continuants (e.g. φ > /f/), the merger of ει, η, οι and υ with ι, and β > /v/. These probably didn't occur all at once in a single area, but evidence of their taking place is found in papyrus and graffiti misspellings.
Apparently the merger happened before the distinction between long and short vowels was lost. At least the graffiti doesn't seem to contradict with that, and the meter here clearly demands that too.
EDIT: Thanks for the correction, Qimmik!