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by swiftnicholas
Fri May 07, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Classical Greek vs. Sanskrit
Replies: 26
Views: 31797

Re: Classical Greek vs. Sanskrit

You'll find fuller paradigms when studying Sanskrit, but I think it's comparable to Greek in difficulty. Knowing Greek however won't help you all too much, except that you'll have a good idea how a highly inflected language works. Like modus irrealis said, the Devanagari script slowed me down quite ...
by swiftnicholas
Fri May 07, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Proper attitude towards Liddell and Scott?
Replies: 5
Views: 2688

Re: Proper attitude towards Liddell and Scott?

The intermediate Liddell and Scott is well worth the investment. It is less daunting to use for casual reading, and it will serve your purposes for a long time. You could always check the big edition at Perseus for tough questions. Another advantage is that the intermediate version often lists diffi...
by swiftnicholas
Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:57 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Testament Lectures
Replies: 2
Views: 1406

Re: New Testament Lectures

Tell me about it! I've been watching courses intensively on my breaks, but I can't get to them on a regular basis. For Classics, there is a good series on Greek History by Donald Kagan at Yale.
by swiftnicholas
Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Testament Lectures
Replies: 2
Views: 1406

New Testament Lectures

I know that there are a number of people here interested in biblical Greek, or at least there used to be. I just discovered this series of lectures on New Testament History and Literature delivered at Yale by Dale Martin in the Spring of 2009. It seems like a good introduction to New Testament studi...
by swiftnicholas
Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Where do I go from here?
Replies: 9
Views: 2695

Re: Where do I go from here?

Bretonus wrote:Are there any publications of Anabasis that are good for beginners?
There is a good edition of books 1-4 from the University of Oklahoma Press by Mather and Hewitt.
by swiftnicholas
Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "Change" in Homer
Replies: 1
Views: 813

"Change" in Homer

I was looking for a word for "change" or "mutability" or "inconstancy" or something like that which appears in the Homeric poems. I tried several different searches in two English-Greek dictionaries, but none of the entries appear as early as Homer. It's not terribly important, but it seems like an ...
by swiftnicholas
Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:43 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Some Thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 3919

Re: Some Thoughts

Congratulations Irene! How do you like it so far? Are you anywhere near New York?
by swiftnicholas
Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Some Thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 3919

Re: Some Thoughts

Irene, when did you move to the US? I think I missed that. :)

Nicholas
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Passing of William Harris of Middlebury College
Replies: 8
Views: 6276

Re: Passing of William Harris

I'm glad they decided to do this. I hope someone will make arrangements for his "Intelligent Person's Guide to Latin," whether continuing to sell it, or by putting it back online for public use.
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: apparatus criticus
Replies: 2
Views: 1750

Re: apparatus criticus

There is a good list in Eleanor Dickey's "Ancient Greek Scholarship." It is not exhaustive, however, and probably not too much longer than the link just posted.
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:51 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Walls in classical architecture?
Replies: 2
Views: 1724

Re: Walls in classical architecture?

I'm not an archeologist, but I think most temples had walls. See this plan of the Parthenon, for example, where dark black lines indicate walls, with entrances on the eastern and western sides. I'm not sure how integral the walls were for structural support, but temples (in the classical Greek world...
by swiftnicholas
Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Electronic Liddell and Scott (Logos Version)
Replies: 6
Views: 3402

Re: Electronic Liddell and Scott (Logos Version)

Also, Diogenes only allows unicode input, but that's what I prefer anyway. I've heard someone else mention this before, but I am able to input using betacode by clicking on "current settings page" and changing the "Greek input mode." The only problem is that when in the betacode mode, it only looks...
by swiftnicholas
Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Passing of William Harris of Middlebury College
Replies: 8
Views: 6276

Passing of William Harris of Middlebury College

I was informed today that Bill Harris passed away early on Sunday. I'm sure that many of you were influenced by his writings and resources aimed at autodidacts; he will be greatly missed. If you are not familiar with his works, they are available at his website.
by swiftnicholas
Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:48 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Academic Earth
Replies: 0
Views: 1250

Academic Earth

This is the website I've been dreaming about. Academic earth has begun to collect online lectures from university professors. Of interest to classicists will be Donald Kagan's entire course of 24 lectures on Greek history. Look under Yale and then History. I can't wait to see more added. http://acad...
by swiftnicholas
Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:59 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Okus
Replies: 0
Views: 1372

Okus

Here is an interesting program that I just found which might be especially helpful for autodidacts. I haven't tried it out yet, but it contains the standard Greek texts, which is nice in itself, plus lexical information attached to each word, and different ways to color-code the syntax. http://www.d...
by swiftnicholas
Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:35 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: VOW
Replies: 19
Views: 6892

Lex wrote:I was joking.
:)
by swiftnicholas
Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:47 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: VOW
Replies: 19
Views: 6892

But, hey, this etymology stuff is fun and easy. All you need is a language reference of any sort, and a lot of imagination. No scientific arguments required. I'm not sure if you're joking or not, but historical linguistics is not an arbitrary practice. It's a very powerful method, and if you'd like...
by swiftnicholas
Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Pankration fighting and Greek language
Replies: 3
Views: 1304

You might be interested in the book "Studies in the Terminology of the Greek Combat Sports" by Michael Poliakoff (Königstein/Ts.: Hain, 1982). I think it is simply a printing of his doctoral dissertation. It has a very thorough discussion of the terms with references to visual depictions. I've been...
by swiftnicholas
Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:28 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Authorship Question
Replies: 1
Views: 863

I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for, but book two of Herodotus deals with Egypt.
by swiftnicholas
Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Oxford and Cambridge Podcasts
Replies: 0
Views: 1541

Oxford and Cambridge Podcasts

rogueclassicism informs us that Oxford and Cambridge are making lectures and other materials available via itunes and includes few initial classics-related examples.

http://www.atrium-media.com/rogueclassi ... 08643.html
by swiftnicholas
Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:53 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Please identify some Greek text
Replies: 11
Views: 4036

Deleted duplicate post.
by swiftnicholas
Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:52 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Please identify some Greek text
Replies: 11
Views: 4036

Pytheas is a fascinating character. There is an interesting book by Duane Roller from 2006, Through the Pillars of Herakles: Greco-Roman exploration of the Atlantic, which touches on his explorations. Here is the note I made about Pytheas while reading about Greek geography last year: Pytheas c. 330...
by swiftnicholas
Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 2
Views: 1398

Washington DC

I'm at the Center for Hellenic Studies for the next few weeks for a seminar on homecoming themes in Greek literature. It's a gorgeous little complex on Whitehaven directly across the street from the Clinton's house. It's like Ancient Greek summer camp! I'm going to spend a lot of my time playing in ...
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Liddell-Scott latest edition?
Replies: 5
Views: 2228

I think it is still the ninth edition, but there have been supplements added, the latest of which, I believe, is the revised version from 1996.
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Learning French
Replies: 32
Views: 15307

The French in Action videos are really great. For practice in reading, I used to read articles in Le Monde about which I had some background already, i.e., for me, American news and politics. That way I already knew the situation and context, many of the people involved, and could guess at most of t...
by swiftnicholas
Sat May 31, 2008 7:04 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Looking for nice bookstores in Paris
Replies: 8
Views: 3696

Sorry, Phil, I think it's Vrin, not Pnin. I confused it with the Nabokov title. :)
by swiftnicholas
Sat May 31, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Looking for nice bookstores in Paris
Replies: 8
Views: 3696

If you walk around the Sorbonne, you'll discover dozens of great bookstores. Pnin has probably more Classics books than any store I've been to (except maybe Labyrinths in New York) but they are mostly new books. You should still browse it. Just across the courtyard from there is a wonderful used boo...
by swiftnicholas
Wed May 07, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: plural names of cities
Replies: 2
Views: 1995

This doesn't solve anything, but here is what Smyth (1005) says: "Names of towns and parts of the body are sometimes plural: Ἀθῆναι, Athens, Θῆβαι, Thebes, στήθη and στέ?να, breast (chiefly poetic). The name of the inhabitants is often used for the name of a city: Δελφοί D.5.25." Right after this he...
by swiftnicholas
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:12 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Question on publshing in Rome
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Question on publshing in Rome

I'd appreciate if someone could shed light on this passage from the life of Julius (section 55) by Suetonius. My question concerns (I think) the Roman practice of publishing and titling works. "pro Quinto Metello" non immerito Augustus existimat magis ab actuariis exceptam male subsequentibus uerba ...
by swiftnicholas
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:10 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Il. 4.347-348
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

I think what they mean is that if you read νῦν δὲ φίλως χ' ??όῳτε as "and now you would view [it] favorably", the rest of the phrase, εἰ δέκα π??γοι Ἀχαιῶν
ὑμείων π?οπά?οιθε μαχοίατο νηλέϊ χαλκῷ, is equal (in apposition) to "it", the object of seeing.
by swiftnicholas
Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Can we use the greek alphabet to write others languages?
Replies: 5
Views: 2487

Absolutely. People often confuse language and script. Language is a natural feature of human life, while a script is a mechanical creation used to represent the sounds of our language. The Greek language itself was written with Linear B characters, and the Cypriot syllabary, before the Greek alphabe...
by swiftnicholas
Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:10 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Sidgwick's Greek Prose Comp
Replies: 9
Views: 2712

There are, of course, personifications in Greek literature (although I've read more poetry than prose), and I've always been fascinated with how contemporary readers would think about them. I'm not qualified to make a judgment, but I think that it is true that even literary Greek style depends less ...
by swiftnicholas
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Il. 2.334
Replies: 4
Views: 1310

I don't think that it changes the sense of the passage; both would show accompaniment or attendant circumstance. If you wanted to indicate a difference, perhaps you could render it, "and all around the ships resounded loudly, with the Achaians shouting", while with a gen absolute you could think of ...
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Linguistic terminology
Replies: 2
Views: 1171

I had the same trouble when I was starting with Greek. I'm not sure if these will cover everything you need, but here are some essays from William Harris' website (there are other things there that you will probably find helpful). There is also a book something like "English Grammar for Students of ...
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Il. 2.334
Replies: 4
Views: 1310

My first impression is that it is attributive, modifying Ἀχαιῶν.
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:33 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New philologist
Replies: 7
Views: 2165

Welcome!
by swiftnicholas
Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:33 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: A Commentary on Herodotus by How & Wells
Replies: 3
Views: 2441

Thanks!!

I was thinking recently about investing in this, but an electronic copy will serve just fine.
by swiftnicholas
Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Damon: A Manual of Greek Iambic Composition
Replies: 3
Views: 1598

Just in case it interests you, there is a good article by Chad on writing iambics, and a great document on his website (freewebs dot com / mhninaeide) with answers and explanations for Sidgwick's and Kynaston's Greek Verse Comp book, and some summaries of useful information.
by swiftnicholas
Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Accents
Replies: 3
Views: 1792

I think it will become easier with reading experience, as L. says. It is a more pressing matter if you want to compose right away. I found it intimidating to just try to memorize the rules, however, and I think it will make more sense if you learn some of the basic terms, and then use the rules in S...
by swiftnicholas
Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: is Athenaze right for me?
Replies: 9
Views: 2207

I've only read a few of his speeches, but one of my favorites so far was "On the Murder of Eratosthenes". There are some good commentaries geared at students to be had. Greek orations are fun in part because you get a view of daily life that doesn't necessarily appear in poetry and literature; for i...