A brief introduction: a million years ago, I did Classical & Medieval Latin at Liverpool University, escaping with a "Gentleman's Degree" and, along with several of my cohort, a drink problem. That was followed up with some archaeology (south-east England in the Romano-British Period) at evening class, that involved a dig on - and under - the site of the Rose Theatre on the Thames on a very wet Saturday; I am now very much an armchair archaeologist! I am also qualified (and allowed) to teach Latin, although that's not what I'm doing these days. I still struggle through the occasional text, more often with a Loeb than with Lewis & Short.
I did try ancient Greek for a year, but the rot had already set in. I was struggling with a hangover and a particular (unseen, tho' it should've been prepared for homework) sentence; the conversation with the tutor went something like this:
- Er ... the smoke ... er, where's the verb? Oh, OK. Was coming ... was coming from, no, coming out of, er, the, er ...
- Dane, where is the smoke likely to be coming from?
- (After a moment's thought) The chimney?
- Dane, we are talking about a dragon.
And now my interest has returned to Greek, this time NT koine rather than Thrasymacus. All assistance gratefully received!
On the one question that any two Classicists will debate for hours: although the Iliad has a lot going for it, I'm an Odyssey person (in translation only, so far ...).