ISA wrote:I1. What is the 20% core of Greek grammar I should focus on?
2. What is that 20% core of Greek vocabulary that I should focus on?
3. What is that 20% core of Greek pronunciation that I should focus on?
ISA wrote:I am particulary interested in Ionian Greek and getting closer to the Early Greek philosophers and in understanding the Ionian way of life and the discourse and poetry and songs, the Ionian culture of the 6th and early 5th centuries.
Of course language study has to be a snapshot doesn't it? Otherwise everything goes diachronically pearshaped. And given the number of different islands from Lesbos to Rhodes and all their colonies from the black sea to Massalia, there would have been quite a variety of accents and dialectal variation.
What did this variation consist of.
Is there a place to practice ancient Greek handwriting on the web, printouts perhaps? You know, those sheets we used to practice on at school.
ISA wrote:I think the meanings of many words are almost unrecoverable outside a knowledge of the context in which they were spoken. I guess that a lot of intuition and openess is involved in learning Ancient Greek.
Is this true. how many of you who speak the language feel intuitively, from your general "feel" for the language after years of study that X or Y is probably true or correct, but that you can't substantiate it.
Perhaps a lot of things about ancient Greek go unsaid because they are hunches. Or are you free with sharing these hunches.
The terms moira, dike, and arete for example.
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