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Postby Ptolemaios » Mon Jul 21, 2003 12:02 pm

Hi,<br /><br />I'm a student of Classics at Leiden University (The Netherlands), currently working on my thesis on the oblique optative in Ancient Greek. I'm especially interested in Greek linguistics, but 'Harrius Potter et philosophi lapis' may just be interesting enough to brush up my Latin again.
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Postby mariek » Mon Jul 21, 2003 3:44 pm

Salve! Welcome to the TextKit forums! It's always nice to see new people here. :)<br /><br />Pardon my ignorance in Greek, but ... what is the "oblique optative" in Ancient Greek?
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Postby Ptolemaios » Mon Jul 21, 2003 7:33 pm

No need to be ashamed, even some of my fellow-students gaze blankly when I tell them what my thesis is about.<br /><br />In Greek in some clauses (e.g. final clauses) the optative can be used after historical tenses (imperfect, aorist, or pluperfect); the trick is that the original mood (indicative or subjunctive) can be retained. Big question is why an author chooses the option he chooses.
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Postby Mansella » Mon Jul 21, 2003 7:39 pm

Since you mentioned the author's choice, does this compositional technique have implications for aesthetics? If so, have you considered researching concepts of creative process?<br />Welcome to the forum.<br />
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Postby Jeff Tirey » Tue Jul 22, 2003 11:55 am

[quote author=Ptolemaios link=board=6;threadid=278;start=0#1739 date=1058815980]<br />In Greek in some clauses (e.g. final clauses) the optative can be used after historical tenses (imperfect, aorist, or pluperfect); the trick is that the original mood (indicative or subjunctive) can be retained. Big question is why an author chooses the option he chooses.<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Hi Ptolemaios:<br /><br />Are there any Textkit grammars that deal with this topic in a meaningful way that you agree or disagree with? <br /><br />At what stage of a student's Ancient Greek studies do you think its best to begin covering the oblique optative? <br /><br />jeff
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Postby Paul » Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:21 pm

[quote author=jeff link=board=6;threadid=278;start=0#1776 date=1058874902]<br /><br />Are there any Textkit grammars that deal with this topic in a meaningful way that you agree or disagree with? <br /><br />[/quote]
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Postby Paul » Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:30 pm

[quote author=jeff link=board=6;threadid=278;start=0#1776 date=1058874902]<br /><br />Are there any Textkit grammars that deal with this topic in a meaningful way that you agree or disagree with? <br /><br />[/quote]<br /><br />Hi,<br /><br />Sorry about my last post. Hit 'post' when I meant 'preview'.<br /><br />I don't know if there are any Textkit grammars that discuss this. I would guess that there are if only because every grammar I've looked at discusses the use of subjunctive or optative in final clauses.<br /><br />Smyth's "Greek Grammar", available at Perseus, discusses this starting at number 2193.<br /><br />Welcome to Textkit, Ptolemaios; I'm new here myself.<br /><br />Cordially,<br /><br />Paul
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Postby Jeff Tirey » Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:34 pm

I really need to get around to posting Smyth. <br /><br />I have a 1920 first edition, but I keep looking at all 900 pages and I talk myself into doing other things, sigh :-(<br /><br />jeff
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