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by Democritus
Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:12 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Delphic Maxims, or Commandments of the Seven Wise Men
Replies: 3
Views: 2816

Thanks for that link to archive.org, I didn't know about that web site. At Google I didn't find anything searching for "Stobaeus," but it looks like you can find a full text there if you search for "Stobaios" instead. :-) Interestingly, the English wikipedia has an article about "Stobaeus," but the ...
by Democritus
Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:24 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Delphic Maxims, or Commandments of the Seven Wise Men
Replies: 3
Views: 2816

Delphic Maxims, or Commandments of the Seven Wise Men

This page has a link to an interesting collection of Delphic Maxims, in both original Greek and English. This collection is also known as the "Commandments of the Seven Wise Men." The link on that page points to a 10-meg PDF file, but it's worth downloading and reading. http://www.flyallnight.com/kh...
by Democritus
Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:45 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death of a language
Replies: 48
Views: 13378

Lucus, would you ever plan to enroll in Foster's school? It might be fascinating.

I would enjoy taking the summer program, but six weeks is a long time.
by Democritus
Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:21 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death of a language
Replies: 48
Views: 13378

Death of a language

The latest new from Father Foster: "Pope's Latinist pronounces death of a language" Yet even though Fr Foster, who has translated speeches and letters for four popes, says he can see no future for the language, he has just launched a new Latin Academy in Rome, near the Pantheon, in his final effort ...
by Democritus
Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Oxyrhynchus
Replies: 0
Views: 934

Oxyrhynchus

Here's an interesting radio program on the Oxyrhynchus papyri. No news here, but a well-produced show introducing the whole topic. Worth a listen.

Look at the section titled "The Greatest Hits of Ancient Garbage."

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2006/04/14
by Democritus
Sun Dec 31, 2006 4:12 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Geoffrey Horrocks and his learned book
Replies: 4
Views: 1828

Re: Geoffrey Horrocks and his learned book

Do your local public libraries have interlibrary loan?

The libraries here in California let you borrow books from other public libraries and from university libraries all over the state.
by Democritus
Sat Dec 23, 2006 2:09 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What'cha Reading??
Replies: 24
Views: 6041

Three Greek Romances, by Moses Hadas
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
Company: A Novel, by Max Barry (very funny)
A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr.
The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus, by Owen Gingerich

I want to read more books by Max Barry. :)
by Democritus
Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: can you help me improve my memory
Replies: 24
Views: 9203

The Greeks and Romans had a lot fewer distractions than we have. Imagine if you had never seen a photograph in your entire life -- not one. Nor any films or TV. And you never heard any recorded music and not a single radio news broadcast, ever. Never read a newspaper or anything printed. No magazine...
by Democritus
Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:13 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Classical Greek Conversation books
Replies: 4
Views: 2366

Another book is Altgriechisch im Alltag.
by Democritus
Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:21 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Classical Greek Conversation books
Replies: 4
Views: 2366

Ancient Greek Alive is the only thing I know of that comes close.
by Democritus
Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:36 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Context Free Grammars, or, Why I hate Textbookese.
Replies: 13
Views: 4225

Re: Context Free Grammars, or, Why I hate Textbookese.

Without further context, yes, I think it's a good translation, it's probably how I'd read it. When I learned Latin, we didn't focus on word order in much detail, except to point out how flexible it can be. Are there any sources which talk about Latin word order in detail, and why different word ord...
by Democritus
Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:30 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Harrius Potter et Camera Secretorum
Replies: 3
Views: 1647

Are these pretty easy to read? And are they enjoyable in Latin? I've never read them in English, but I suppose I may as well read them and improve my Latin at the same time. It all depends on your level of experience with Latin, but yes, they are fairly easy to read. I kept an English translation h...
by Democritus
Tue Oct 24, 2006 6:10 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I have exciting news! :)
Replies: 13
Views: 3085

Congratulations, good luck and much success! :)
Hope you get to study abroad, too!
by Democritus
Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:22 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Classicist or Romanticist
Replies: 30
Views: 7300

Word formation -- particularly in the sciences -- is atrocious these days because people simply do not know what they are saying . We don't use big fancy words from Latin and Greek for no reason; ... The word "result" is not being misused. The meanings of words drift over time. You know this. It's ...
by Democritus
Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Postpositive particles
Replies: 4
Views: 3260

Re: Postpositive particles

vir litterarum wrote:What is the purpose of never placing postpositive particles first? How does this affect the sentence's meaning?
When Yoda speaks Attic, he puts the postpositives first. ;)
by Democritus
Tue Aug 08, 2006 6:16 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Wikipedia, good, bad or ugly?
Replies: 21
Views: 6728

Re: Wikipedia, good, bad or ugly?

People should always be a little bit skeptical of everything they read, and that includes Britannica. What wikipedia lacks in scholarship, it makes up for in breadth, and speed. Wikipedia is immensely useful, but I agree that it should not be used as a reference, in a bibliography. I don't consider ...
by Democritus
Wed Aug 02, 2006 5:04 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Military Honor
Replies: 46
Views: 11946

Re: Military Honor

I am considering a military career, and by chance on this page I found the "Core Values" of the United States Navy: If you haven't already, you should get in touch with someone who has been in the service recently, to let them give you an idea of what to expect. In addition to helping you decide wh...
by Democritus
Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:32 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Roman calendar
Replies: 23
Views: 6348

Nice job, cdm. :)

What is that system of markings in the center? I gather that it marks of the days of the month somehow, but I have never seen that before. Where did that come from? I am curious.
by Democritus
Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:36 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Which Latin author would you most like to meet?
Replies: 24
Views: 6766

I have read (don't know if it's true or not) that Newton was a pompous rear end. Apparently the "standing on the shoulders of giants" remark was really him being facetious because he didn't have much respect for those who came before him. I wish I knew more about whether that's all true or not. Som...
by Democritus
Sat Jun 24, 2006 6:03 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Roman calendar
Replies: 23
Views: 6348

People buy calendars mostly because they look cool. A Roman calendar with nice photos, or with some nice looking design, might sell very well.
by Democritus
Sat Jun 24, 2006 6:01 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Roman calendar
Replies: 23
Views: 6348

Here's a Roman calendar: http://www.aclclassics.org/tmrc/catalog.asp?parent=307&c= . It's not very pretty -- just one photo for the whole year, and 18 tear-off pages for each month. But it has the Roman dates. A Greek (or Athenian) calendar would be cool. But I haver never seen anything like it for ...
by Democritus
Thu Jun 22, 2006 3:58 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Which Latin author would you most like to meet?
Replies: 24
Views: 6766

Isaac Newton. Not Roman, but he's a Latin author. :)
by Democritus
Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:50 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Partisan Happy Fun Time
Replies: 47
Views: 12645

Re: Partisan Happy Fun Time

It may be that this is a figment of my imagination, but it seems to me that in the last few months the tone of political and religious debates in various parts of Forum have been getting increasingly snippy (from all sides). Maybe others don't think so, but I know one or two others who do. You are ...
by Democritus
Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:44 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Oh my gosh!
Replies: 28
Views: 7476

I vote for UMERUS.

Look on the bright side, though, it could have been a lot worse. Imagine if it was on your forehead. Or on someone else, god forbid. (Have you inspected your drinking buddies, for any additional vocabulary?)

If we ever get t-shirts, we can consider getting long sleeves. :)
by Democritus
Wed Apr 26, 2006 3:43 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Direct Object of the Complementary Verb
Replies: 15
Views: 6544

I hope this doesn't throw off the discussion, but it should be noted that the root meaning of debeo is "to owe," as is the case with the French derivation, devoir . Thus, debeo could take a noun. miseris auxilium debeo , I believe, is "I owe the miserable help." To answer your more general question...
by Democritus
Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:03 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: De maiusculis
Replies: 21
Views: 7136

Re: De maiusculis

It's a great question. For example, Harrius Potter does not have initial capitals. But the book maintains all sorts of other modern orthographic conventions. Initial captitals are useful because periods are small, and your eye might overlook a period from time to time. Perhaps the people who enjoy L...
by Democritus
Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:24 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Possessive Adjectives
Replies: 20
Views: 10873

blutoonwithcarrotandnail wrote:I still don't understand why MEUS, TUUS, NOSTER and VESTER are not reflexive and SUUS is.
Meus sometimes refers to the subject, but suus always refers to the subject. It doesn't have any other function.
by Democritus
Mon Apr 03, 2006 2:51 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: A Note on the Semantics of the Aorist and Perfect
Replies: 6
Views: 3920

Re: A Note on the Semantics of the Aorist and Perfect

GlottalGreekGeek wrote:Of course, perhaps my variety of English varies from yours.
What sort of English would that be? :) Where are you from?
by Democritus
Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:24 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: A Note on the Semantics of the Aorist and Perfect
Replies: 6
Views: 3920

Re: A Note on the Semantics of the Aorist and Perfect

When I put this question to students (young and old) in my NT Greek class, no one can answer it to his satisfaction. Maybe it's because English usage is subtle, and not consistent. a) I lost my keys b) I have lost my keys c) I was in Madrid d) I have been in Madrid The difference between (a) and (b...
by Democritus
Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:52 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Mi verbs
Replies: 11
Views: 9696

Re: Mi verbs

Annis, do you have any plans to write a textbook? The world can always use a better textbook. :)
by Democritus
Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:15 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Where do you place latin?
Replies: 33
Views: 10612

nostos wrote:Amadues, why would you think Latin was primitive? (a serious question, no agenda!) Is it because it has a relatively small vocabulary?
I am curious about this question -- the relative size of vocabulary of Latin vs. Greek. Do any of you happen to have any references on this question?
by Democritus
Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:02 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Euclid's Definition of an Angle
Replies: 8
Views: 2793

PeterD wrote:"unproved theorem"
An "unproved theorem" is the one I left blank on the test because I didn't remember the proof. :)
by Democritus
Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:33 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Got an "okay" from Perseus
Replies: 22
Views: 6906

Wow. Congratulations, mingshey, on finishing this. Nice job. :)
by Democritus
Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:20 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Favorite dictionary for etymology?
Replies: 7
Views: 2136

Favorite dictionary for etymology?

What is your favorite dictionary for etymological background of English words? Most big dictionaries include at least a little bit of etymology, but I'm wondering if any dictionaries provide especially useful or detailed info. Which ones do you like? Or can you recommend any dictionaries that focus ...
by Democritus
Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Adjectives agree with their nouns...
Replies: 5
Views: 1605

You are not dumb. This stuff is genuinely confusing. :)

To make matters worse, there are some adjectives which look masculine when they are really feminine. For example, ?ναίσ?μος.
by Democritus
Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: May vs. Might
Replies: 6
Views: 2708

Re: May vs. Might

Because of this change in English usage, the old rule of "I fight so I may"/"I fought so I might" is sort of silly; in fact, I suspect that it was never more than a bit of pedantry forced on schoolboys by proscriptive grammarians. You might be right. We used to use this construction in Latin class,...
by Democritus
Fri Dec 16, 2005 5:39 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin dictionaries
Replies: 11
Views: 2920

Re: Latin dictionaries

I carried Cassell's around for years and years, till it finally fell apart. :)

Then I bought "the New College Latin and English Dictionary." The author of this book is John Traupman, the same guy who wrote Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency.
by Democritus
Fri Dec 16, 2005 5:36 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why?
Replies: 31
Views: 8057

Re: Why?

I study Latin in order to ward off the senility. I'm not sure it's working. :) Partly it's a way to escape the day's news, which is sometimes quite depressing. It's a way of putting the modern world into perspective. Things which seem awfully important to us now are just not part of ancient life.
by Democritus
Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:33 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Saving the Classics from Classicists
Replies: 27
Views: 8198

Re: Saving the Classics from Classicists

This idea of "universal education" is something rather new in human history. It was not long ago that children were not expected to spend their youth in schools, let alone in universities. Rather than looking at the "decline" of the Cassics, instead look at the vast increase in the number of student...
by Democritus
Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:12 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: In Defence of Harry Potter
Replies: 30
Views: 8205

There are so many valuable books to read, but so little time. You have to take your pick. :) Sometimes I read something serious, sometimes I read something light. I liked Harry Potter. It was not a serious or deep book, but so what. It was fun. :) I only read the first one. Don't know if I will ever...