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by chrisb
Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:00 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: textbook: Reading Latin by Peter V. Jones, Keith C. Sidwell
Replies: 5
Views: 2384

I would say it is very much like Reading Greek from JACT. The two volunmes are similar in style, with a reader and a grammar plus exercises. I used it as a refresher course and found it very useful, but I think it would be quitye hard work for a beginner as I think the learening curve is quite steep...
by chrisb
Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:35 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Dictionaries
Replies: 7
Views: 2590

Liddell and Scott every time - either the abridged or the intermediate volumes. There's a lot to digest at first, but well worth the effort if you are serious about your Greek.

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by chrisb
Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Ludi
Replies: 8
Views: 1821

I once had to explain to a bemused Italian student what I believed the reason to be for Morris dancers beating the ground with their staves. She wasn't at all impressed by the idea that they were waking up the seeds. :?

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by chrisb
Thu Feb 17, 2005 9:33 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Careers in Latin and Greek
Replies: 12
Views: 3800

My brother has a degree in Classics, and he followed a career in TV journalism. So I think the answer may be . . . almost anything!

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by chrisb
Tue Feb 15, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: The verb estin (he/she/it is) and related verbs
Replies: 7
Views: 3689

The example you give He is waiting for the oxen is an example of the use of the continuous present in English, i.e. the verb 'to be' + the present participle. I will be bold and say that in all such cases you should use the present tense by itself in Greek. Somebody else will prove me wrong, no doub...
by chrisb
Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Love Power Strength...
Replies: 3
Views: 1079

Knowledge seems to fit nicely, as knowledge can be a form of power ( Many tribal societies thought that knowledge of a person's name gave you power over them). So, love, power, strength and knowledge can be translated as: amor, potestas ( also imperium (supreme power), vires, scientia. Hope this hel...
by chrisb
Tue Feb 01, 2005 8:31 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Word Association Game (English)
Replies: 478
Views: 164716

spud

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by chrisb
Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:50 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: scansion.
Replies: 6
Views: 2081

Hi again littlewoy, The Roman letter i can be used as a vowel, as in fides. But, it can also be used with the force of a consonant. A clue can often be found in the English translation or transliteration. Iuno is Juno, and the J tells you that the I is being used as a consonant. So think carefully b...
by chrisb
Thu Jan 27, 2005 7:37 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: scansion.
Replies: 6
Views: 2081

Hi, Your second example is: 1:270: imperio explebit, regnumque ab sede Lavini - u u/ - -/ - - / - - / u - - /- - I scan the line as: imperi | o~exple | bit / reg | numque~ab | sede La | vini -uu | - - | - / - | - - | -uu | -- I have used the tilde sign to mark elision and the forward slash to mark t...
by chrisb
Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Congratulations Textkit
Replies: 4
Views: 1292

Congratulations Textkit

Half a million!! That's one heck of a lot of downloads. It's a testimony both to the need for the site and the hard work of those who made it possible.

Congratulations!

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by chrisb
Sun Jan 23, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Spanish-Kit..it's here (almost)
Replies: 33
Views: 8141

Great site! I shall re-learn a mostly forgotten language with it. Thank you.

Btw, will the audio files give a Castillian or a South American pronunciation of Spanish?

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by chrisb
Sat Jan 15, 2005 11:03 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Euripedes' Alkestis
Replies: 5
Views: 2226

Bayfield's Alcestis is one of the Macmillan Elementary Classics series. I have a copy of Euripides Medea in the same series with notes and vocabulary by Bayfield. I studied this for GCE O Level back in 1961!! If the Alcestis is as good, you should find it quite useful. It will take some digging arou...
by chrisb
Tue Jan 11, 2005 7:25 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Which book?
Replies: 18
Views: 7823

The Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary does both English/Greek and Greek/English, and is suitable for a beginner. But, if you are going to be serious, you will eventually need something like the Abridged Liddell and Scott.

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by chrisb
Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:12 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Tricky sentences- de bello Gallico V.XI
Replies: 6
Views: 1789

[/i]Nocturnis temporibus is in the plural, I think, because the reference is to ten nights.



Slip of the typing finger, no doubt, but LXXX is 80 not 8!

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by chrisb
Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Questions regarding plan of study, time-frame, standards.
Replies: 10
Views: 4072

Jauneflammee had it right. If you can, get hold of A First Gree Reading Book by A Sidgwick ( probably out of print, but to be found in second hand shops now and then) and/or Greek Through Reading by Nairn and Nairn. Plenty of reading here, and Sidgwick has a vocabulary for each piece. Enjoy and good...
by chrisb
Sun Jan 02, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Hoary old joke
Replies: 3
Views: 1098

Hoary old joke

The world's shortest dinner invitation:

η β π

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by chrisb
Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:10 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Happy Holidays!
Replies: 18
Views: 4923

A little light reading there, yadfothgildloc!! I was delighted to get (after a lot of heavy hinting) the JACT World of Athens. Very good reading.

I was, perhaps, slightly less delighted to get the usual assortment of socks, ties and underwear - but no doubt they will all be used.

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by chrisb
Sat Dec 25, 2004 9:39 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Does any one else...
Replies: 15
Views: 3234

Bah, humbug!! At 58, I still enjoy the magic of Christmas. :lol: The trick is not to forget what it was all about in the first place.

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by chrisb
Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:08 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Speed up Acrobat startup
Replies: 13
Views: 3495

I tried the 'uncheck splash screen' on version 5.0 and it worked a treat! Thanks for the tip.

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by chrisb
Sun Dec 19, 2004 8:47 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: If you could be...
Replies: 28
Views: 5741

Emma_85 wrote:
No one has chosen Hera, I wonder why?
Zeus did, and look what trouble she gave him. No wonder he put it about a bit!


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by chrisb
Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:58 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: If you could be...
Replies: 28
Views: 5741

What the hell.....! Zeus.

Might as well be king! Think of all the fun he had chasing nymphs etc.

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by chrisb
Thu Dec 09, 2004 8:36 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Xenophon: Anabasis
Replies: 1
Views: 1292

[face=Verdana]Amans wrote: Also, I have trouble understanding this phrase, where Cyrus gets to the river Chalos which is described thus: to\n Xa/lon potamo/n, o)/nta to\ eu)=roj ple/qrou, ... The participle sure refers to the river, but what kind of syntax explains the other two words? There is, sur...
by chrisb
Thu Dec 02, 2004 11:46 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Elementary Latin Exercises by Hillard - Answer Key
Replies: 4
Views: 2292

The answer key is available on UK Ebay right now! :D Currently no bids - asking price £4.00 sterling. When I looked a few moments ago, there were 9+ days left for bidding. Let me know if you win!!

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by chrisb
Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:48 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek Vocab
Replies: 16
Views: 5706

If you want to read the NT, a very good site to start off with might be:

http://www.btinternet.com/~mispar/GNotes/

The whole of the NT is there, in Greek, split into weekly study sections. The text is not translated for you, but there are good notes on vocabulary.

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by chrisb
Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:15 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Elementary Latin Exercises by Hillard - Answer Key
Replies: 4
Views: 2292

There is an answer key to 'Elementary Latin Exercises'. One was up for sale on the UK Ebay site a couple of months ago. I bid for it, but it eventually went for quite a price!

Happy hunting.

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by chrisb
Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:12 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Tiny writing
Replies: 5
Views: 2064

Try 'Athenaze'. No problems with tiny fonts in that one.

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by chrisb
Mon Nov 29, 2004 8:16 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek Vocab
Replies: 16
Views: 5706

The Greek word list for English and Welsh AS level exams is available at

www.etoncollege.com

in a handy pdf file. Select Eton in Action from the first menu and Greek Project from the second.

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by chrisb
Sat Nov 13, 2004 7:08 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: suggestions for latin dictionaries (UK)
Replies: 6
Views: 2105

An Elementary Latin Dictionary - Lewis.

There is one advertised on ebay (search 'Latin') - currently no bids - 99p.

Good luck if you go for it.

It is probably more than you want, but will last a good long time.

chrisb
by chrisb
Tue Nov 09, 2004 9:01 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Plus Bello Gallico
Replies: 9
Views: 3617

I have 2 different copies of Bello Gallico Book 5, which is where I think your sentence comes from (Chapter 8, section 4). Both agree on the text as: Qua in re admodum fuit militum virtus laudanda, qui vectoriis gravibusque navigiis non intermisso remigandi labore longarum navium cursum adaequarunt....
by chrisb
Mon Nov 01, 2004 4:13 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Irregular Verbs
Replies: 12
Views: 3472

There really are no rules. You learn them as you go. But there are certain patterns. Kennedy's Revised Latin Primer has a good list, sorted into groups with similarities. Most grammars will give you some sort of list, and some dictionaries, e.g. Collins Latin Dictionary plus Grammar. One way to help...
by chrisb
Sat Oct 30, 2004 2:09 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: JACT Reading Greek
Replies: 6
Views: 3181

It doesn't really matter which book you read next. Each one, e.g. A World of Heroes, expects a knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary from Reading Greek. All new words are glossed on the same page or facing page, and selected words are starred to be learned. They then do not appear again in the voc...
by chrisb
Tue Oct 26, 2004 7:41 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: JACT Reading Greek
Replies: 6
Views: 3181

I used it as a refresher after a spell of a few years doing no Greek at all. I enjoyed it, and went on from the basic books to read A World of Heroes, etc. I found it ideal for this purpose. There is quite a lot to it, though, and I think that if you want a good grounding in grammar, you might do be...
by chrisb
Thu Oct 21, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Manuscripts and Homer
Replies: 12
Views: 5246

The Chicago Homer site is fantastic. Whow!! :lol:

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by chrisb
Sun Oct 17, 2004 6:10 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The Odyssey Reading Group is ready - Starting October 27th
Replies: 16
Views: 4667

Hi Emma,

Go top 'Groups' and click on the link to Session A. You will find a link to Book 1 there. Unfortunately, it is just the text so far - no notes or vocabulary.

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by chrisb
Sun Oct 17, 2004 11:28 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Gildersleeve
Replies: 5
Views: 5382

hp psc 1317.

It's not the best, but it does a reasonable job. Thanks for your interest, and watch this space. It might take quite a while!

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by chrisb
Sun Oct 17, 2004 11:21 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Gildersleeve
Replies: 5
Views: 5382

It does take time, but now I'm retired, time is something I have got. Btw, it's a grammar, not a dictionary.

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by chrisb
Sun Oct 17, 2004 9:56 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Gildersleeve
Replies: 5
Views: 5382

I have a copy which is out of copyright. It's a massive task as the book is 550 pages, but I will try to get it done, perhaps in stages, and post it to Jeff to put on the site. Don't hold your breath though!!

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by chrisb
Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:20 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Arrian Anabasis Reader
Replies: 2
Views: 3409

Macmillan's Elementary Classics has a pre-1923 volume entitled: Arrian - Selections with exercises by Rev J Bond MA and Rev AS Walpole MA.

I haven't come across it yet, but it is on my want list.

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by chrisb
Fri Oct 01, 2004 9:25 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Summary of Livy?
Replies: 1
Views: 941

A summary of each book, in Latin, can be found at this site:

http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/livy/liv.per.shtml

Hope this is useful,

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by chrisb
Thu Sep 23, 2004 9:23 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is there anyone here *not* in school, college, university
Replies: 30
Views: 7839

You should worry about being old and going grey! I'm 58, nearly bald never mind grey, and still enjoy reading both Latin and Greek. Not that my age makes me an expert in any way. I still feel very much a learner.

chrisb