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Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby annis » Sun Sep 21, 2003 4:44 pm

I just finished adding vocabulary and grammar notes to Simonides 543. It is a very charming poem, and I think anyone who has mastered the fundamentals of Greek should be able to read the poem with the help of the notes.<br /><br />http://www.aoidoi.org/texts/simonides/543.php<br /><br />There's even one athematic second aorist imperative! :) <br />
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Emma_85 » Sun Sep 21, 2003 6:33 pm

There's even one athematic second aorist imperative!
<br /><br />Lol, that was like nearly the only word I recognised ;)! <br />It's a nice poem, and I definitly wouldn't have been able to understand it without your notes. <br />Tell me how I did.
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Keesa » Mon Sep 22, 2003 10:25 pm

Hmm...I think I'm still working up to that. ;) It's something to look forward to, though-especially since I've read the story in English!
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby bingley » Tue Sep 23, 2003 2:43 am

For those whose Greek isn't quite up to it yet (and even for those whose is) Mary Renault wrote a novel, "The Praise Singer" based on the life of Simonides
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Keesa » Tue Sep 23, 2003 11:41 am

I have a book by her! But I don't think it's "The Praise Singer."
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Emma_85 » Tue Sep 23, 2003 1:08 pm

:-\ I'd actually never heard the story before...
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Keesa » Tue Sep 23, 2003 1:11 pm

It's the beginning of the Perseus legend, isn't it?
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Emma_85 » Tue Sep 23, 2003 1:28 pm

Perseus legened... yes, I would think so, as the child is called Perseus...<br />Hmm... didn't know anything about a Perseus legend though. Maybe I just don't watch enough TV.
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Keesa » Tue Sep 23, 2003 1:34 pm

Hehe. I don't watch any. But I have a simple translation of the Perseus legend in one of my literature books; I'll be glad to type it onto the computer and send it to you through the private message system, if the copyright allows it. Perseus, Andromeda and Cassiopeia (ugh. How does one spell that?) are three of the constellations I can pick out.
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Keesa » Tue Sep 23, 2003 1:37 pm

Or, I can just paraphrase it for you. ;D<br /><br /><br /><br />
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Postby Emma_85 » Tue Sep 23, 2003 2:07 pm

That would be great, thanks! <br />You don't have to type out the whole legened (unless you really want to practise your typing skills or something). <br />
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Re:Aoidoi: Simonides' "Danae's Lament" commented

Postby Keesa » Tue Sep 23, 2003 10:01 pm

NO problem...it's spelled Cassiopeia, by the way. I looked it up. ;D
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