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by Kerastes
Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Medieval Latin Sigla, Ligatures, Diacritics, etc...
Replies: 17
Views: 7634

Re: Medieval Latin Sigla, Ligatures, Diacritics, etc...

Any idea about the ampersand looking character above gra[cia]? Not sure. Also, I don't suppose you would have any information anywhere about which manuscript was superior? Ah, you're looking for a critical commentary or apparatus criticus . You may be familiar with the concept of constructing a ste...
by Kerastes
Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:05 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: what would you learn in a year of highschool latin?
Replies: 10
Views: 3771

Re: what would you learn in a year of highschool latin?

So firstly, the reason I don't know is because I'm homeschooled and teaching myself. Good. More people need to do both. I think of home schooling as a kind of intellectual self-defense. I wish I could have done it. But I'm curious to know roughly what you would learn if you were taking a latin cour...
by Kerastes
Mon Feb 20, 2006 2:43 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Medieval Latin Sigla, Ligatures, Diacritics, etc...
Replies: 17
Views: 7634

Re: Medieval Latin Sigla, Ligatures, Diacritics, etc...

Anyone familiar with all the sigla, ligatures, diacritics, etc... of the Magna Carta? I'll have a look if you can point me to a facsimile. I have some experience with medieval manuscript reading but I'm not an expert. 2. The 7 between Norm[anniae] and Aquit[anniae] - well, some may not draw their s...
by Kerastes
Fri Feb 17, 2006 7:46 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Is this a good book to buy? Vergil's Aeneid
Replies: 9
Views: 3139

Re: Is this a good book to buy? Vergil's Aeneid

I'm thinking about buying this book "Vergil's Aeneid Books I-VI by Clyde Pharr" ISBN:0-86516-421-5 has anyone ever come across this book before? Is this a good book to buy? That is the best edition anyone learning Latin can have of the Aeneid . With all the vocabulary in front of you, no wasting ti...
by Kerastes
Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:15 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: A beginner begins.
Replies: 3
Views: 1586

Re: A beginner begins.

I've decided to teach myself these two glorious languages as part of my plan to become an erudite and eccentric madman one day. I think that's an excellent plan. I'm middle aged and halfway to madness myself. When people find out you know Latin and Greek, the stares you get are priceless, and you o...
by Kerastes
Tue Dec 20, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: salutatio
Replies: 11
Views: 3675

Composition -- WAS: salutatio

The trouble with me is that I never really know what are the proper constructions to use, e.g., when ut+subj is used instead of acc + inf constructions after certain verbs, That's because you went to school in the late 20th / early 21st century instead of the late 19th. See my Wheelock versus D'Oog...
by Kerastes
Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:35 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: I really like D'Ooge Book better than Wheelock's!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 9510

I wouldn't have a clue, as I haven't seen a copy of Wheelock's. While by no means an expert Latinist, I maintain an avid interest in pedagogy and have seen very many beginning Latin and Greek textbooks over the years, owning a few of each. My vote against Wheelock is based on having his 3rd edition...
by Kerastes
Fri Dec 16, 2005 4:50 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin dictionaries
Replies: 11
Views: 2916

Re: Latin dictionaries

I carried Cassell's around for years and years, till it finally fell apart. :) Mine's starting to, but I got it used and keep it on a shelf nearby. I'm not terribly happy with it, but until I get the OLD, it'll have to do. Then I bought "the New College Latin and English Dictionary." The author of ...
by Kerastes
Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:20 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: In Defence of Harry Potter
Replies: 30
Views: 8164

Kerastes joins the debate. It's Harry Potter — I can't help it. :) I'm a so-called 'Potter-fan", and as my father would say "It's just a yarn". Cool, another one of us! I'm a middle aged Potterhead myself. It's no great piece of literature in English, so don't expect it to be so in Latin. Ultimate...
by Kerastes
Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: D'Ooge...rate of progress?
Replies: 2
Views: 3469

Re: D'Ooge...rate of progress?

How quickly should I move through the book? A chapter per day, week, month? The book was intended as a first year Latin text for the secondary school, so if you want a standard with which to compare your progress, you can think of working through the book in one academic year. Seventy-nine lessons ...
by Kerastes
Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:17 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Conversational Latin
Replies: 11
Views: 3267

Re: Conversational Latin

Sunday my mother bought me a book called 'Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency' [...] It doesn't have any direct grammar in it, but it does have very useful phrases and words for modern things. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm looking forward to getting it sometime. I would like to compare it to...
by Kerastes
Sun Nov 13, 2005 5:48 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Adventage of knowing Latin?
Replies: 15
Views: 4329

Re: Adventage of knowing Latin?

what is the adventage of knowing and learning Latin. Because I think Latin is the dead language which is the root of romance languages and is used only in The holy see right? My understanding is that the Vatican now prefers translation into the principal modern European languages, although it does ...
by Kerastes
Thu Nov 10, 2005 3:03 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Humble requests
Replies: 10
Views: 9107

The fact that there was a reptint of the book [Cunliffe], for example, University of Oklahoma Press (August, 1977), means that there was a renewal? Not necessarily, but any new material in the reprint can be under copyright. It's safest if we can get something that was actually printed at a time th...
by Kerastes
Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:48 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Looking for a Greek program for children
Replies: 6
Views: 2453

Re: Looking for a Greek program for children

He's 9, and I'd like to find a decent course on Greek suitable for his age group. I've heard that there are such things, but the closest thing I have personal experience of is a textbook series called A Reading Course in Homeric Greek by two Jesuit priests, Schoder and Horrigan. The readings are fr...
by Kerastes
Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: A dozy question
Replies: 8
Views: 3513

Oh brilliant, thanks for letting me know. So a study CD like Linguaphone PDQ Greek, would be OK? If you want to learn modern Greek. If you want ancient Greek, you're going to want to learn some form of ancient pronunciation anyway, because in my grandiose opinion one cannot appreciate ancient poetr...
by Kerastes
Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Humble requests
Replies: 10
Views: 9107

Monro's Homeric grammar

Nikel wrote:And Monro's grammar?
I started scanning it in the summer but got distracted, as I often do. I have about three-fourths of it in PNG files. I'll finish it eventually, but many pages require slight rotation, and they all have to be cropped to a uniform size.

Kerastes
by Kerastes
Sun Mar 27, 2005 1:46 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Anybody Have Any Good Jokes?
Replies: 51
Views: 12564

Eureka wrote:carpe noctum
You obviously got that from a badly written T-shirt. The grammatically correct expression is carpe noctem.

And eureka, being a verb form, doesn't have a gender, so I figured you were male because most posters here seem to be.

Kerastes
by Kerastes
Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Anybody Have Any Good Jokes?
Replies: 51
Views: 12564

Kopio wrote:Yes, I am a musician, not a drummer or oboe player (alto sax 20 years, Bird rules!)
So you know what you call a guy who hangs around with musicians?

A drummer.
by Kerastes
Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:03 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Quiz
Replies: 40
Views: 10100

10 out of 10 here. always felt that the statement in vino veritas is more of an escapist motto. [....] this wine-truth connection goes beyond a mere predisposition of a drunk person to tell the truth. There is something more academic and philosophical to it. :) My philosophy professor usually came i...
by Kerastes
Fri Mar 25, 2005 10:50 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Test: Yankee or Dixie
Replies: 31
Views: 6300

William wrote:"42% (Yankee). Barely into the Yankee category."
You didn't miss by much. I scored "40% (Yankee). A definite Yankee."

Kerastes
whose speech habits were formed by his English professor father
by Kerastes
Sat Mar 19, 2005 5:55 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: why classics?
Replies: 21
Views: 5426

Timotheus wrote:To know where one is going, one must know from where one came.
Or as historian Howard Zinn puts it, if you don't know history, it's as if you were born yesterday.

But put me in the classics-is-fun category. Unfortunately it does not generally impress women. :(

Kerastes
by Kerastes
Wed Mar 16, 2005 5:50 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Parts of Pharr
Replies: 4
Views: 5753

jeff wrote:I'm terrible, how did I miss this thread??
You're pretty good, actually. I read about your battle with dust, and that would make anyone forget to check the board.

Kerastes
by Kerastes
Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:42 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: who's from where and who likes what
Replies: 38
Views: 10218

On a holiday, sitting at the beach, going through a Greek grammar. Hey, that's what I do! I've done that at a bar and a laundromat too. This thread has gotten so long I can't remember if I ever posted on it. Which, I suppose, means I have some residual geekness. But I'm really trying to get away fr...
by Kerastes
Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:08 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: yo yo yo whiteoctave's mother on TV!!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 6004

I seriously can't believe we have people dumb enough to watch a TV show like this!!! I guess that's why the contestants are so dumb - so the audience doesn't feel inferior. I think it's the other way around. Apparently most people like to feel superior, so the only way is to get really dumb contest...
by Kerastes
Mon Mar 14, 2005 7:36 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: How to Use the Greek Polytonic System in Windows XP
Replies: 9
Views: 3774

does any one have suggestions about MS' polytonic use or the other font I down loaded? Ditch Microshaft. Do what Paul and I do, use Keyman. Use Cardo, Coode2000, Titus Cyberbit, Palatino Linotype, Arial Unicode MS, or any other Unicode Greek font you want -- the important thing is how you enter cha...
by Kerastes
Mon Mar 14, 2005 5:39 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: No, a piano did not fall from the sky onto my head
Replies: 4
Views: 1702

Re: No, a piano did not fall from the sky onto my head

GlottalGreekGeek wrote:Last week I finished lesson 77 of Pharr and the end of Book I of the Iliad.
Woo-hoo! Congratulations on the milestone. I hope it got more fun for you the farther you got.

Kerastes
who has a baby grand in his living room and is afraid it will fall on the dog someday
by Kerastes
Mon Mar 14, 2005 5:17 am
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: Needed a workbook
Replies: 3
Views: 3283

Re: Needed a workbook

I would like to have more excersises instead of just those in "Pharr's homeric Greek" Glutton for punishment, eh? I still want to work more with the paradigms of the first declension as well as drive the Vocabulary deeper. In the big picture, it's not always necessary to learn every single word in ...
by Kerastes
Mon Mar 14, 2005 4:54 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: How to Use the Greek Polytonic System in Windows XP
Replies: 9
Views: 3774

Then you should try this: http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/msklc.mspx So, Microsoft has an alternative to Keyman. No doubt Bill Gates wants to put them out of business like he did Netscape. Also, the Microsoft product requires .NET Framework, which Uncle Bill wants everyone to use, but I re...
by Kerastes
Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:46 am
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: Newbie pronunciation question, "i consonant"
Replies: 3
Views: 4782

Turpissimus is correct. Iam has one syllable. This is why I advocate using "j" to represent consonantal "i", as was commonly done earlier in the last century, in the Collar and Daniels beginner book, and in the Bennett grammar. Think about it, why should "v" be used for consonantal "u" but not "j" f...
by Kerastes
Fri Feb 18, 2005 2:31 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Happy Lupercalia Day!
Replies: 8
Views: 1693

Aurelia wrote:It's only happy when you have someone special to share it with :cry:
You have my sympathies. :cry:

But if any of you ladies would like to celebrate a late Lupercalia, I'm told I make a really good priest, and I even have my own whip. :)

Kerastes
by Kerastes
Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:20 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Which Witch?
Replies: 9
Views: 2325

If I could have the caustic wit of Granny Weatherwax and the sexual exploits of Nanny Ogg, I would be in Witchy paradise. But Granny rules! "I don't hold with school -- gets in the way of education."

Kerastes
by Kerastes
Thu Feb 17, 2005 8:12 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Second Declension genitive S. Q????
Replies: 6
Views: 2062

Re: Second Declension genitive S. Q????

according to the Henle text I have used, and other texts, "ii" IS used in the genitive singular w/2nd declension nouns, such as filius, filii. Is this a classical vs. ecclesiastical translation? No, it's contracted versus uncontracted. I learned from one of the Henle series in high school. Accordin...
by Kerastes
Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:39 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Post Roman proper nouns
Replies: 6
Views: 1736

Re: Post Roman proper nouns

Is there a system for translating (or perhaps transliterating would be a better term) names into Latin? Such as, for example Ohio or Geoff? Places and names are two different critters. As far as names, go with our rightly named Benissimus and use the origin as a clue. As for places, go with whateve...
by Kerastes
Sat Feb 12, 2005 3:58 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: latin opera?
Replies: 23
Views: 22462

Re: latin opera?

scis utrum est Opera in latine? ....has anyone ever heard of music sung in Latin for purposes other than education? I'm interested in seeing how much of it I could understand.. Anno 1927 musicus russicus Igor Stravinski cantatam dramaticam scripsit nomine "Oedipus Rex". Verba hujus cantatae primo g...
by Kerastes
Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:50 am
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: GM Chapter 29 question
Replies: 2
Views: 2514

Here are a couple of hints.

(1) ut looks like it introduces a result clause.
(2) video = see but videor = seem.
by Kerastes
Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:34 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Dictionary
Replies: 11
Views: 11007

Re: Dictionary

There are some really in-depth dictionaries that are out of copyright. I'd really like to see things like this. In principle I would too, but Benissimus has a point. In particular, dictionaries are used differently from textbooks in that the part of interest is a fraction of a page, which does not ...
by Kerastes
Wed Dec 01, 2004 3:50 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Why bother with Latin?
Replies: 23
Views: 6509

Re: Why bother with Latin?

The real question is, is there a use out there for Latinists beyond the walls of scholastic bastions such as colleges and universities or are we forever stuck reading the Commentaries on the Gallic Wars? There's plenty of other stuff to read, only a relatively small fraction of which is at The Lati...
by Kerastes
Sun Nov 28, 2004 2:56 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Parts of Pharr
Replies: 4
Views: 5753

Re: Parts of Pharr

Jeff, would you be willing to make just the Grammar section of Pharr's book available as a separate download? It really is a fantastic reference for the morphology of Epic Greek... much nicer than reading the footnotes in Smyth. I have to second this. I am not aware of any other reference for Homer...
by Kerastes
Sat May 01, 2004 2:30 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: phobias
Replies: 2
Views: 1837

Re: phobias

I read somewhere that the original prefixes for different types of phobias were in Greek. This is true. Find a Greek word, stick it onto phobia (or philia) and you have the fear of (or liking for) whatever it is. I was wondering if anybody knew what "decoy-phobia" would be. I used a free translatio...
by Kerastes
Fri Apr 16, 2004 1:36 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Pharr's "Homeric Greek" copyright 1920?? (public d
Replies: 8
Views: 4962

Re: Pharr's "Homeric Greek" copyright 1920?? (publ

I just ordered a worn old copy of Pharr's "Homeric Greek - A Book For Beginners," after which I noticed the copyright date is 1920, according to the seller's description. If the description is correct, wouldn't that mean this edition is now in the public domain? Yes, if that's the case, you have su...