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by Agrippa
Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: What makes Latin worth learning? Recommended reading request
Replies: 8
Views: 4854

Re: What makes Latin worth learning? Recommended reading request

I just like to hear Latin in my head, the turn of phrases, the poetry, the compositions. I love poetry, and I love nice prose, and the Romans put a lot of thought into those two things and there are some absolutely spectacular Roman poets. I like to read and reread amazing sentences, keep them in my...
by Agrippa
Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:42 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Hebrew
Replies: 28
Views: 8882

To clarify, I used Weingreen as well. It's a fun both for language nerds because he insists on telling you why the morphology is so wonky. Whether Weingreen's theories are correct or not is irrelevant since I used them mostly as mnemonic devices. They're pretty cool though, and it gives the language...
by Agrippa
Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:58 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Hebrew
Replies: 28
Views: 8882

Oh Classical Hebrew's an easy language. The morphology is tricky, but what makes it tricky are all the little changes that take place with the vowels, but considering that you'll be reading it and not writing it, you won't need to concern yourself with why the vowel is different, since you'll unders...
by Agrippa
Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Weakness at the APA
Replies: 12
Views: 3397

Re: Weakness at the APA

annis wrote:
So far:

Dik, Helma, Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialog
She taught my Greek class last quarter :)
by Agrippa
Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:56 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Why an iPod?
Replies: 48
Views: 15601

I've been seriously dismayed by the rise of the iPod culture. I was eagerly awaiting the outcome of the format war between SACD and DVD-Audio. Imagine my chagrin when they were both eliminated in favor of music downloaded at a compression ratio that makes my ears bleed to listen to! Are you serious...
by Agrippa
Sat Dec 22, 2007 8:46 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: How fast to be "fluent" in a language?
Replies: 8
Views: 3127

The best thing I did for my French was listen to a lot of french rap. If you listen to trained actors and newscasters all day you're not going to understand when some kid says "moi j'suis de paname"
by Agrippa
Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Are all Gerunds Predicate Nominatives?
Replies: 6
Views: 1794

dmlawhorne wrote:Sorry, but I was actually talking to blutoonwithcarrotandnail. Besides, english and latin both share this part of grammar.
Gerunds can't be used as a subject or predicate nominative in Latin, can they, since that would be the verb in the infinitive form?
by Agrippa
Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:44 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Here's to the next step
Replies: 5
Views: 1650

Goals wrote: Is the Ovid book your are talking about? I plan on ordering it myself. It's around the same price.
It isn't, but if it's Ovid it's Ovid.
by Agrippa
Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death of a language
Replies: 48
Views: 13877

Probably 70%+ of the applicants to the highly competitive schools have outstanding grades and test scores. It's really not something that can be used to market oneself to a college, it only says that you are qualified to take classes there. I disagree that the SAT is something you can't study for. ...
by Agrippa
Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:34 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death of a language
Replies: 48
Views: 13877

Well, just to give an example, I've recently been admitted into the University of Chicago, which the Princeton Review ranked as the best undergraduate program in the nation just this year, and they do not put that much weight on grades. I saw many, many people get turned down with excellent grades ...
by Agrippa
Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:21 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Death of a language
Replies: 48
Views: 13877

The problem is, there is no great way to predict college success. And it is even harder to measure what success itself is. Lacking a good outcomes measure, many colleges (and major publications that rank colleges) use admission statistics like SAT/ACT average scores to judge the quality of an insti...
by Agrippa
Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:44 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Here's to the next step
Replies: 5
Views: 1650

You are me. I too did Wheelock's Latin and went on to Harsen and Quinn, both solo, though I'm finishing the latter and high school now. Anyway, I started reading Ovid, a blue book with a couple of the Amores and tales from Metamorphoses, to keep my Latin fresh, and I really like it. Ovid has easily ...
by Agrippa
Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:01 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Did I do this right?
Replies: 4
Views: 1664

Yeah, I typed it wrong. I had it as ἰππέων on my paper, the genitive plural. I put Τυγχάνω ἀκούων to mean "I happened to hear," but my book says that ἀκούω takes a genitive of person heard, so I put the object of ἀκούω, τῶν ??ωτώντων ῥητό?ων, in the genitive. The πε?ὶ τῶν πεμπομένων ἱππεύων is to be...
by Agrippa
Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:24 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Did I do this right?
Replies: 4
Views: 1664

Did I do this right?

I just wanted to know if I did this English-to-Greek translation correctly.

"I happened to hear the speakers asking the messengers about the horsement being sent into this land."

Τυγχάνω ἀκούων τῶν πε?ὶ τῶν εἰς τήνδε τήν χώ?ᾱν πεμπομένων ἱππεύων τοὺς ἀγγέλους ??ωτώντων ῥητό?ων.

Thanks.
by Agrippa
Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:53 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: pregnant sense?
Replies: 10
Views: 4447

Now I'm curious. Could someone summarize this? I don't own smyth.
by Agrippa
Thu Feb 08, 2007 1:34 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Which should I learn first?
Replies: 23
Views: 6537

I don't think my questions belong here anymore (perhaps in another forum), but how can I tell when I'm supposed to pronounce a long vowel or a short one? Ex: Salvete: Where's the long vowel and where's the short vowel? Is there some rule for this? Well, you could look it up, or you could memorize w...
by Agrippa
Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:40 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Which should I learn first?
Replies: 23
Views: 6537

I have never read D'ooge's (I've got only love for Wheelock's), but I wouldn't worry about it. They're probably for vowel length, and the only time I bother with that is when I'm reading poetry, and then it comes naturally. The best part of Greek is that they always mark their vowel length (thank yo...
by Agrippa
Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:31 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Which should I learn first?
Replies: 23
Views: 6537

If I had done Greek first I'm certain I would've have quit classical languages. Look, Attic Greek is a lovely, lovely language. Really, I often find it more elaborate, more living, and more elegant than Latin. See (this is my view), Greek is an artist's tongue. Its irregular because it strives to be...
by Agrippa
Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:37 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: attention member "sanskrit" - RESOURCES
Replies: 7
Views: 4327

I got it down in less than two days and I'll tell you how I did it. I have one of these lovely moleskine notebooks and a pencil that go everywhere I go. When I see a sign I write it in devanagari. When I hear a name, devanagari. When I'm in the shower I cover the glass panes with devanagari. The tri...
by Agrippa
Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:31 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: attention member "sanskrit" - RESOURCES
Replies: 7
Views: 4327

Alright I have Sanskrit questions. First, when using the devanagari script, I know that when external Sandhi turns two vowels into one, you obviously need to write the two words as one, but where else? I sometimes see two words with a space and sometimes sans. Is there a rule for this? Is it recomme...
by Agrippa
Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:59 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Again help to translate brazilian slang term
Replies: 8
Views: 2753

o meu amigo, eu sou brasileiro e estudo latim e grego também mas você é um idiota e nem ajudá-lo-ei porque você é muito chato. Cara, cale boca, dá para ver que ninguém aqui quer traduzir para você, ainda mais que você fez uns cinco threads sobre a mesma porra.
by Agrippa
Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:32 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Reading Plato
Replies: 12
Views: 8515

No beatus, you're very correct. I'll try that one, and thanks.
by Agrippa
Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:38 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Reading Plato
Replies: 12
Views: 8515

Reading Plato

Seeing as I'm nearing the end of my adventure with Mr. Hansen and Mr. Quinn, I want to know what I can or can't tackle afterwards. The main reason I wanted to study Greek was Plato. I love Plato and everything he writes, so I want to read him, but what kind of reading is it? Is it something I could ...
by Agrippa
Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:52 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Sic Semper Tyrannus?
Replies: 14
Views: 5634

A similar thing happens with the name Amadeus. Shouldn't it be Ama deum or Ama deo ? I don't follow. Incorrect grammar, since it's supposed to mean "love God." Maybe it's Portuguese! edit: though I guess that doesn't make sense since there's nothing wrong with sic semper tyrannis Also ablative woul...
by Agrippa
Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Beginning Latin, question.
Replies: 5
Views: 1743

Re: Beginning Latin, question.

ThatGuyUKnow wrote: Right now I'm on week two of studying latin. (Teaching myself) I hope that by 2008 I will have learned the language, and will be able to write it quite fluently, is this a reasonable goal?
In six months I was able to read Ovid's Amores and I scored an 800 on the Latin SAT. It's very doable!
by Agrippa
Thu Dec 28, 2006 4:19 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Conditionals with participles
Replies: 5
Views: 1771

Re: Conditionals with participles


by Agrippa
Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Conditionals with participles
Replies: 5
Views: 1771

Conditionals with participles

H&Q say that participles can take the place of verbs protases in conditional sentences but they don't go into a lot of depth, so I'm not sure how this works. Here's an example sentence and mi problema. μὴ π?ὸ τοῦ τέλους τοῦ ἀγῶνος νῖκηθείς, ἄθλου ἠξιώθης ἄν. "Not being conquered before the begining ...
by Agrippa
Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:44 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What'cha Reading??
Replies: 24
Views: 6270

Mountain of Truth: The Counterculture Begins Ascona 1900-1920
Great book
by Agrippa
Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: AAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2936

This morning I put too much salt in my oatmeal. Damn you cruel life!
by Agrippa
Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:21 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I found a 16th century manuscript
Replies: 10
Views: 2782

Wow, thanks a lot, Chris. A. Cappelli's is awesome. I'm still having just a bit of trouble making it out. Here's what I'm getting from the first line: IN DEI NOMINE AMEN Nouerint (no clue) g Ego Baptista Queyto nottarius (subscripsi) civitatis valencie habit(curly eight again) ut et... and as you ca...
by Agrippa
Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:32 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I found a 16th century manuscript
Replies: 10
Views: 2782

I hope it's legible, but if it isn't, I'll upload other stuff. Some things are just throwing me off. In the first like he seems to say "Ego Baptista queyto nott*." I have no clue what that eight-looking thing is, and I can't even find anything in my dictionary that starts with "nott." I wish I could...
by Agrippa
Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I found a 16th century manuscript
Replies: 10
Views: 2782

Let's say I know a guy who knows a guy who knew an obsessive compulsive, retired professor who collected this and that fanatically and then died leaving a house full of old, coackroach-eaten books and things. Yours truly was brave enough to enter said house, despite the fact it smelled horrible and ...
by Agrippa
Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:35 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I found a 16th century manuscript
Replies: 10
Views: 2782

I'll tell you what, luce, since my camera uploads slow, while they upload, I'll post pictures from another document I found which I have already photographed, and because of the handwriting and condition, remains kind of a mystery. I found others too, but they were from the 18th century and in Engli...
by Agrippa
Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I found a 16th century manuscript
Replies: 10
Views: 2782

I found a 16th century manuscript

As the title says, I have come across a manuscript from 1572 Spain written in Latin. I cannot understand what it says exactly, because of the handwriting, which is beautiful though difficult for me to understand. It's written on what seems like hide. What I need is some help understanding what it sa...
by Agrippa
Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:39 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek sentence help
Replies: 6
Views: 2598

Ηὕ?ηκα, I think I got it: "If anyone is ever indicted for theft by the speakers, these (refers back to the anyone) are not honored by the citizens, being that they've done wrong." Am I right? I posted this before seeing what you edited, and now I'm wondering how there are two conditional sentences w...
by Agrippa
Sun Dec 10, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek sentence help
Replies: 6
Views: 2598

Greek sentence help

Could be me forgetting something, but I'm not sure what to make of this sentence, and I've hitherto had little trouble. οὔτε καλὸν οὔτ' ἀγαθὸν τὰ τῶν ἄλλων κλέπτειν. ἀδικοῦντες γὰ? ο? τῑμῶνται ὑπὸ τῶν πολῑτῶν οὗτοι, οἳ ἂν ὑπὸ τῶν ῥητό?ων κλοπῆς γ?άφωνται. Here's what I'm thinking: I'm understanding ...
by Agrippa
Thu Dec 07, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: "ı love you"
Replies: 4
Views: 1381

te amo
by Agrippa
Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:39 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Whose woods these are I think I know
Replies: 2
Views: 974

That works and is what I had decided on, but I was wondering if there was some way to use an indiret statement with infinitives there.
by Agrippa
Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:37 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Whose woods these are I think I know
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Whose woods these are I think I know

I was going to try to translate Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," but this first line has me a bit confused (the rest I have). Originally I did this. Cuius silvae haec sunt puto me scire but that isn't right because in an indirect statement you put the subject and object of the verb in...