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by Democritus
Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:57 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: National Greek Exam?
Replies: 2
Views: 1478

Re: National Greek Exam?

Maybe you could actually drop in on one of these classes, and see for yourself what they are studying. I'm sure the instructor wouldn't mind if you joined them for one class or two. Then you would get a better idea of how much of the course material you already know. If you really get stuck in a Gre...
by Democritus
Thu Nov 24, 2005 9:57 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Roman comedy, fifth century A.D. ?
Replies: 0
Views: 600

Roman comedy, fifth century A.D. ?

This page mentions in passing that one Roman comedy survives from the fifth century A.D. Do any of you happen to know about this play, or who the author might be? http://www.san.beck.org/EC26-Cicero.html The only surviving ancient Roman plays are the 21 comedies (one only in fragments) by Plautus li...
by Democritus
Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:12 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Ideal vs True Culture in Latin Readings
Replies: 13
Views: 3353

Try reading the Roman playrights, Terence and Plautus. They wrote some goofy comedies. There's plenty of informal dialogue in them.
by Democritus
Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1440

Re: Question

How can you tell whether a noun or adjective is neuter or not? For example -- flumen, and templum ? my teacher didn't really say anything when I asked. You can't really tell for sure, just by looking at the noun on its own. Sometimes you can figure it out using clues in the sentence. As b.p. pointe...
by Democritus
Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:49 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: In God we trust?
Replies: 48
Views: 11304

Re: No constitutional separation of church and state

Democritus, with all due respect, your post seems somewhat self-contradictory. You state the "founding fathers meant what they wrote," but they did not write the 14th Amendment, that came almost 100 years later. They wrote that "Congress shall make no law..." If they meant what they wrote, then cle...
by Democritus
Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: In God we trust?
Replies: 48
Views: 11304

Lucus, I wish you were right, but I don't think so: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/_/id/7235393?rnd=1113061794370 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominionism http://www.theocracywatch.org/ http://www.stcynic.com/blog/archives/2005/04/another_fabrica.php http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominioni...
by Democritus
Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:37 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: In God we trust?
Replies: 48
Views: 11304

You use evidence of differences in opinions between different religious sects to conclude that this dispute is "sectarian" and thus further conclude its discussion should be forbidden by law. I don't think that's what annis had in mind.... For myself, I have no trouble with these questions being di...
by Democritus
Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:44 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: In God we trust?
Replies: 48
Views: 11304

I do not believe this to be true, I have never seen a study or survey that says anything like this. Only a minority of Christian sects belief that Genesis must be accepted literally. Most Christian sects do not assert that Genesis must be taken literally. As I mentioned before, there are a lot of a...
by Democritus
Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:37 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Does anybody here get what's been going on with my sig?
Replies: 13
Views: 3822

Re: Does anybody here get what's been going on with my sig?

I was kind of hoping the answer would be, "I just really like glottal consonants." :)
by Democritus
Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: In God we trust?
Replies: 48
Views: 11304

1. The military is currently trying to stop its own chaplains from sharing their faith and telling them they cannot pray in the name of Jesus. I'm sure that this is not true. Do you have any statistics for us? How many chaplains have been sent home? Have all the Christian chaplains been replaced wi...
by Democritus
Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:43 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: In God we trust?
Replies: 48
Views: 11304

Re: No constitutional separation of church and state

I just want to make sure that everyone knew that there is no provision in the Constitution that sets up a separation of church and state. Yes, there is a such a provision, it is the first amendment. And it does apply to the states. The wall of separation is real. You may not agree with how the four...
by Democritus
Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:50 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Spoken Ancient Greek, in today's world ?
Replies: 1
Views: 906

Spoken Ancient Greek, in today's world ?

Does anyone know of efforts to teach or use spoken Ancient Greek? GlottalGreekGeek mentioned a textbook called "Ancient Greek Alive," which is described here: http://blue.butler.edu/~psaffire/textbook.html http://home.millsaps.edu/freiscr/greekscripts.html I have heard of several universities that t...
by Democritus
Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:32 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: A dozy question
Replies: 8
Views: 3570

There are sample recordings of some "conversational" ancient Greek at http://blue.butler.edu/~psaffire/textbook.html#features1 This is interesting. :) Does anyone know of other, similar efforts to teach or use spoken Ancient Greek? One time, long ago, I saw a play performed in Ancient Greek. I have...
by Democritus
Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:32 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Idle question
Replies: 7
Views: 1776

Re: Idle question

Bardo de Saldo wrote:Someone told me today that when you learn Latin in the U.S.A., you're taught to write your Latin sentences in this order: subject-verb-direct object-indirect object.
We were never taught this.
by Democritus
Thu Nov 03, 2005 6:01 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: adjectives modifying adjectives.
Replies: 20
Views: 13219

hi, yep i agree with both of you. hazardous is an adjective, and it can modify another adj as a compound adj, and in that role it's classed for syntax as an adverb, but on its own it's an adjective. the "excessive fast" e.g. of course shows that not all adjectives can be specified by any other adje...
by Democritus
Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:22 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The difference between "classicists" and "lat
Replies: 68
Views: 19037

A goal of anything less than excellent reading, writing, and speaking comprehension of any language being studied (either living or dead) is intellectual laziness at best and deterioration of linguistic pedagogy at worst. It so happens that I agree with you. I'm in favor of using spoken Latin. But ...
by Democritus
Tue Nov 01, 2005 2:47 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: adjectives modifying adjectives.
Replies: 20
Views: 13219

you could call second last a compound adjective but that avoids the question, can you specify an adjective with another word which, on its own, is considered an adjective? yep, and if i remember my aussie grammar education correctly, a word used in this way is a "thingo". Funny. :) We used to call ...
by Democritus
Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:48 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The difference between "classicists" and "lat
Replies: 68
Views: 19037

I learned Latin for years and years in the US, and we were never taught Latin composition. At most, we were given a few token exercises for translation from English to Latin, but nothing extensive. We were aware that some students in other places and times cultivated this skill, as part of a standar...
by Democritus
Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:42 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The difference between "classicists" and "lat
Replies: 68
Views: 19037

Isn't there a soul out there who can agree with me wholeheartedly that latin students and their teachers and professors as well as the higher level experts (the scholars) should all cultivate latin as a living subject matter? I agree. It's a worthy goal. I consider this task to be quite difficult, ...
by Democritus
Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Good German Grammar?
Replies: 9
Views: 3813

Re: Good German Grammar?

For a grammar, I would recommend A.E.Hammer's German Grammar and Usage. Comprehensive, but concise. A good reference book.
by Democritus
Sun Oct 30, 2005 2:43 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: adjectives modifying adjectives.
Replies: 20
Views: 13219

2. "A dark brown car." I don't think that "dark" can be an adverb. In this case I would say that "dark brown" is a compound adjective. "Dark brown" is an adjective ("dark") modifying a noun ("brown"), and "dark brown car" is a noun phrase ("dark brown") being re-used as an adjective, modifying the ...
by Democritus
Sun Oct 09, 2005 2:00 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Starting an Ancient Language club...
Replies: 9
Views: 2374

Re: Starting an Ancient Language club...

Good luck with your new club. :)

How about "Timeless Words" ?
by Democritus
Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:08 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek stickers for keyboard
Replies: 6
Views: 2406

Re: Greek stickers for keyboard

By any chance, does anyone have any experience using actual Greek keyboards (from Greece) ?

I'm wondering how useful such a thing would be, for a Classicist in a non-modern-Greek-speaking country.
by Democritus
Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:23 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Ancient Greek Coins
Replies: 9
Views: 2124

Re: Ancient Greek Coins

Local coin shops around here tend to have a small set of Roman and Greek coins on hand. Most of them are in bad shape, either corroded or scratched or both. Nicer looking ones are more expensive, but they sell these too. Most of them are silver, and sell at a price a lot higher than the price of sil...
by Democritus
Sat Oct 01, 2005 3:15 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: unicode, when do we shift to it?
Replies: 30
Views: 11440

Annis' posts contained raw unicode characters, but psilord's and Clemens' posts contain HTML-escaped entities, like so: μῆνιν ἄειδε, It might be helpful to describe the exact steps to make the postings. What editor was used to create the unicode, w...
by Democritus
Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:50 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Fuel prices
Replies: 29
Views: 6665

Here I'm afraid we'll just have to disagree. I think one of the major problems we have in government (and in modern society in general) is a lack of personal accountability. I'm right there with you on the whole "personal responsibility" meme, but the people who trot it out are themselves often in ...
by Democritus
Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:20 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Orleans
Replies: 49
Views: 11227

I woudn't be wasting my time being an apologist for Bush, at this point. There's plenty of blame to go around, but Bush and his cronies deserve a lot of it. To quote David Brooks , the well known conservative columnist: The first rule of the social fabric - that in times of crisis you protect the vu...
by Democritus
Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:37 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Orleans
Replies: 49
Views: 11227

Other nations are already offering help: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050903/ap_on_re_eu/katrina_europe_4 With offers from around the globe pouring in, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice decided "no offer that can help alleviate the suffering of the people in the afflicted area will be refused," St...
by Democritus
Mon Sep 05, 2005 5:00 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Orleans
Replies: 49
Views: 11227

A city of that size can't be evacuated quickly without leaving behind stragglers. Some people chose to stay, but others could not leave because they had no cars and no other means of transportation, or they are elderly or institutionalized. There are some people who cannot just pick up and move to a...
by Democritus
Sat Sep 03, 2005 2:16 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: i(/sqhmi, di/dwmi and ti/qhmi question
Replies: 19
Views: 5244

Re: i(/sqhmi, di/dwmi and ti/qhmi question

These stems are all short. Without reduplication they would be even shorter. Maybe that has something to do with it -- just a guess. Are there any examples of longer stems with reduplicated presents?
by Democritus
Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:31 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: ante diem
Replies: 16
Views: 6079

This reminds me of off-by-one errors ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-by-one_error ). Sometimes we start counting from one, but other times it makes more sense to start from zero. It all depends on exactly what you are counting -- the Nth item , or the Nth item away from the starting point . We ca...
by Democritus
Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Ancient Currency
Replies: 19
Views: 5579

Re: Ancient Currency

... but is it possible to equate these denominations with our modern currency? I agree with ThomasGR. I don't think it's possible. In fact, in many cases, I don't think it's possible to do this when comparing two modern currencies. It doesn't make sense to say that residents of some poor country su...
by Democritus
Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Penelope and her loom
Replies: 28
Views: 12009

The story of Penelope and her loom just strikes me as funny. When I read this, I imagine the Greek audience sniggering about it. The idea of Pelenelope weaving during the day and then unweaving at night -- for three years -- is silly. But the premise of this is even sillier. Even if Pelenlope is lyi...
by Democritus
Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:33 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Late Summer Intensive? Plato's Alcibiades
Replies: 19
Views: 7044

Re: Late Summer Intensive? Plato's Alcibiades

It sounds like an interesting project, I would like to join, but I have my hands full reading Homer now. :( I work long hours so don't have much time to spare. I still have my OCT Plato vol 3 from undergrad days, but Alcibiades is in vol 2. Actually, one book I would like to read intensively, someda...
by Democritus
Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:57 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Moved.
Replies: 10
Views: 2099

Re: Moved.

If you love them, then set them free. :) Books want to be read. If you give them to a library, or sell them, chances are good that someone else will read them. All the future readers and owners will be very happy that you parted with your books. This might make it easier for you to let go of them. I...
by Democritus
Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:42 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Penelope and her loom
Replies: 28
Views: 12009

Men seem to think that weaving is so unimportant that they can take the thing and twist it to mean anything they want and no one will care. After all, it is just something that women do. And we know that women are evil dangerous creatures who we must kill quickly before they defile us. This is a wi...
by Democritus
Tue Aug 16, 2005 4:13 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Penelope and her loom
Replies: 28
Views: 12009

Re: Penelope and her loom

"What got me into this is that I am a weaver and absolutely must be able to read the Penelope stuff in the original because translators have clearly never seen a loom. Plus Homer was definitely not a technical writer. Keep in mind that the book is fiction . Unless you actually do think that Athena ...
by Democritus
Sun Aug 14, 2005 5:21 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Well then!
Replies: 17
Views: 4017

Re: Well then!

Maybe you can take a look at some plays by Terence or Plautus. The dialogues contain a fair amount of interjections and elliptical sentences. You might find something useful.
by Democritus
Sat Aug 13, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: How long have you studied Greek now?
Replies: 23
Views: 9000

Re: How long have you studied Greek now?

Six years. Three years in high school, two years in college, then a loooong hiatus. Now I am reading Greek & Latin in my free time.

I originally learned Greek using Crosby and Schaeffer, which is a nice little book.