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Postby Bardo de Saldo » Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:31 am

Latinists have it too easy.
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Postby benissimus » Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:00 am

Greeks have it too easy. 4 cases? Please. :roll:
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Postby annis » Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:12 am

benissimus wrote:Greeks have it too easy. 4 cases? Please. :roll:


Against Latin's piddly 4 principal parts.

What has become of Latin's dual? And the optative?

Where are the athematic verbs? Where are the expressive evidential particles?

Dialects?

Where in the world are the dactyls?!
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Postby benissimus » Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:18 am

annis wrote:What has become of Latin's dual?

we still have it... in two words :?

And the optative?

with optative gone, subjunctive is twice as good!

Where are the athematic verbs?

we have them, we just call them "irregular" :P

Where are the expressive evidential particles?

the what now?

Dialects?

the Romans were more united that way!

Where in the world are the dactyls?!

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Postby Kasper » Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:30 am

Where in the world are the dactyls?!


Since the world evolves around dactyls, the dactylic abundance in Greek only supports the case that Greek is easier and Latin harder. (which it is.)
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“Est tamen rogatio” dixit Alice, “an efficere verba tot res indicare possis.”
“Rogatio est, “Humpty Dumpty responsit, “quae fiat magister – id cunctum est.”
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Postby Kopio » Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:18 am

The Greeks took over the world first .....those stinky Romans got the Hellenists seconds :oops:
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Postby cweb255 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:10 am

Not only did Rome usurp the Greek empire (except for the farthest Eastern provinces) they conquered twice as much going into farther Africa and most of Europe, and kept it longer :P
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Postby ThomasGR » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:25 am

And than... the Greeks took revenge and re-conquered the Romans. Like a Roman orator put it so well, the Romans maybe conquered Greece by weapons, but at the end became slaves of the Greek culture (and the Greek language first of all) :D
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Postby chad » Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:58 am

wasn't that the poet horace? i really don't remember though, the only latin i remember is the 1st conjugation singular amo amas amabulariorium.
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Postby Emma_85 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:10 am

Well I think Greek is easier than Latin 8) :lol:
only four cases and it has an optative, how can you beat that?
Although the principle parts are annoying... :?
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