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by Democritus
Sat Aug 13, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: The Rosetta Stone
Replies: 9
Views: 3235

That's a nice image, Kopio, thanks. Is the Greek text available anyplace -- I mean, transcribed into a modern Greek font, with space characters and diacritics? The fist line seems to be: [size=150]βασιλευοντος του νεου και παραλαβοντος την βασιλειαν παρα του πατρος κουριου βασιλειων μεγαλοδοξου[/siz...
by Democritus
Fri Aug 12, 2005 1:45 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: help with Aeneid
Replies: 5
Views: 1371

Re: help with Aeneid

jennifme wrote:... the only thing I have to check my work is a copy of a ENGLISH Aeneid.
Instead of one translation, maybe you can use two different translations, each with a quite different style of English. That way, with every line, it will be evident to you how much latitude you have, as the translator.
by Democritus
Thu Aug 11, 2005 5:57 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Aaaiiiii! Or, the story of LU/W.
Replies: 4
Views: 1669

Re: Aaaiiiii! Or, the story of LU/W.

Thank you for sharing that. I really wish that Greek textbooks and dictionaries would mark every long alpha, iota and upsilon with a macron, the way some Latin textbooks do with Latin vowels. Sometimes I suspect the reason they don't is that the authors are themselves not confident that they know wh...
by Democritus
Sat Aug 06, 2005 5:10 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Accents on Imperatives
Replies: 2
Views: 909

Re: Accents on Imperatives

Deccius wrote:Are there any rules for accenting imperatives? I can't see a pattern in the way they are accented (such as φίλει where does the acute accent on the iota come from?)
Remember the uncontracted forms:

φίλεε -> φίλει
φιλέει -> φιλεῖ.
by Democritus
Wed Aug 03, 2005 5:18 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: New works
Replies: 41
Views: 12967

Imagine the laughs we would have if we convinced the smartest Chinese linguists who have never heard French to try to speak French based on information similar to what we know about Ancient Greek. I try to speak Mandarin and people laugh at me right now. :shock: And I have native speakers around me...
by Democritus
Wed Aug 03, 2005 5:11 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: We had an earthquake two days ago!
Replies: 10
Views: 2185

I live in a highly earthquake-prone area, just north of Yellowstone, and there is a spiderweb of fault lines all around southwest montana. We have earthquakes all of the time, we just don't feel them. This one was big though, and we are told to keep watch for more. If you feel shaking you can check...
by Democritus
Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:41 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: English Grammar Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1357

Re: English Grammar Question

Here's some more information. http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19971124 There are a lot of a-prefixes but the one you ask about is specific to progressive verbs. It's not so strange if you remember that English infinitives are also formed with a kind of prefix or preposition: "to hun...
by Democritus
Thu Jul 28, 2005 5:32 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Am I the only one who's slow?
Replies: 12
Views: 4006

Re: Am I the only one who's slow?

and I STILL have to look up fairly common Greek verb-forms (I mean simple indicatives, & also forms of eimi-"to be")!! Is this normal? Yes it's normal. Over and over we re-learn the same lession: Learning a language is hard work. It is possible for you to overcome this, but it may require a lot of ...
by Democritus
Thu Jul 28, 2005 5:07 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: We had an earthquake two days ago!
Replies: 10
Views: 2185

Re: We had an earthquake two days ago!

My birds have been acting weird. Skye (my budgie) actually flew at my hand and attacked it, she keeps biting me really hard for no apparent reason and I'm worried about her, if she gets too stressed out for no reason she could get sick or start plucking feathers. Skye expects you to put a stop to t...
by Democritus
Sat Jul 23, 2005 3:39 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: So-Called Latin Pronunciation
Replies: 25
Views: 6600

Re: Silencio est mater studorium

1. Is it not true that reading quietly (silently) to yourself was a skill developed in the Middle Ages? That is to say, is it not true that written Latin was intended to be spoken aloud? I have heard this, but I always found it difficult to believe. I'll bet that, among people who could read, there...
by Democritus
Sat Jul 23, 2005 1:29 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Roman Dates
Replies: 14
Views: 5361

Re: Roman Dates

Is there a way to convert our dates into a Roman format? I am specifically trying to convert October 19th, 2004 into a more Roman format, though I would obviously not be naming the year by the consuls. I think what Benissimus meant was, not "How do I convert 'July 22' into '9 Kalends' and then tran...
by Democritus
Sun Jul 03, 2005 5:45 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: i have a quick question
Replies: 5
Views: 2135

IMHO Latin is significantly easier than Greek. But both languages are challenging. Latin is also quite tough. The difficulty of the class depends a lot on the professor teaching it, so make sure to research the instructors, before making your decision. If I were you, I would pick the language that i...
by Democritus
Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:51 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Perseus question -- links to commentaries
Replies: 0
Views: 485

Perseus question -- links to commentaries

When displaying classical texts, sometimes Perseus inserts asterices containing links to commentaries, and sometimes it doesn't. I was guessing that this must be customizable through the "configure display" link, but none of the options I have tried so far seem to have any effect on it. They seem to...
by Democritus
Sun Jun 26, 2005 2:51 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Ancient Greek last names
Replies: 15
Views: 11316

annis wrote:From Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers, by Geoffrey Horrocks, p.139
Wow, this looks like an interesting book. But it's hard to find! :)
by Democritus
Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:33 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Foederatis Ciuitatibus Americae Septentrionalis
Replies: 10
Views: 2401

I've seen that translation for the "United States of America" in the ablative because it's usually after a preposition ("in" or "ex"). Members in the Latin Wikipedia and the Nuntii Latini forum use "Civitates Americae Unitae" (or "Unitae Civitates Americae" as you have it), and in the Latin Wikiped...
by Democritus
Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What are we?
Replies: 40
Views: 9858

hyptia wrote:How about in each language a different word: Textkiteers in English,
[size=150]τεξτκιτί&γτ;οι[/size] in Greek, maybe Textkitten in German or something.
"Textkinder." :)

How about "textkids," in English.
by Democritus
Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:19 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Two Questions about the Aeneid
Replies: 4
Views: 1401

Re: Two Questions about the Aeneid

"Namque sub ingenti, lustrat dum singula templo reginam opperiens, dum quae fortuna sit urbi artificumque manus intra se operumque laborem miratur,..." ...dum lustrat ... dum miratur ... videt Iliacas pugnas.... En Priamus. Sunt hic etiam sua praemia laudi." Translation: "Behold Priam. Even here ar...
by Democritus
Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:47 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Independent Studying
Replies: 3
Views: 1089

Re: Independent Studying

I thought without a class I would work better because I could focus on my individual weaknesses. However, to my surprise my studies proved to be ineffective. :( I believe my troubles stemmed from the fact that I was not being tested on the material I was studying. So my question is: How do you stud...
by Democritus
Thu Jun 16, 2005 5:28 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: homo sapiens, adjusted
Replies: 28
Views: 6948

In my experience, it seems to have a very mild masculine connotation, ..... If homo could really mean a "human person", it seems much more likely that it would be of common gender, able to be of either gender based on the person being described. I think that homo is about as gender-neutral as it is...
by Democritus
Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:11 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: homo sapiens, adjusted
Replies: 28
Views: 6948

Re: homo sapiens, adjusted

I thought it would be funny to do an avatar saying "mulier sapiens". But I'm suddenly worried about cases 'n' thingies. I'm pretty sure "homo" was nominative, so "mulier" is fine like that, but do you have to adjust "sapiens" into a feminie form, and if so into what? Thank you! :) But homo already ...
by Democritus
Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:29 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What is everyone reading?
Replies: 73
Views: 18892

Re: What is everyone reading?

annis wrote:We've not had a book thread in a while.
I'm reading Kagan's book on the Peloponnesian war. PJ O'Rourke mentioned this book a while back during an interview, and I finally started it.

The war is fascinating. What a tragedy.

http://noleftturns.ashbrook.org/default ... iveID=3074
by Democritus
Sat May 28, 2005 5:26 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Third Person Imperative
Replies: 10
Views: 6313

Re: Third Person Imperative

However, these do not seem to carry much "imperative" force, at least to me. They seem to convey more of a wish or desire... The force of the second person imperative varies a lot, even in English. We call this mood "imperative" but it doesn't always carry the sense of a fiery command. Compare thes...
by Democritus
Sat May 21, 2005 2:45 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Cicero in Greek
Replies: 14
Views: 4842

...I should say that the restituita pronunciation (called pronuncia classica here) is ALWAYS taught, even in the High Schools afaik. I think it is only due to laziness: everybody know it is wrong, but is easier to pronounnce this way. In the Latin courses at University it is compulsory. I never hea...
by Democritus
Sat May 21, 2005 2:16 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Star Wars...
Replies: 16
Views: 4731

Re: Star Wars...

Am I the only one from textkit that watched it today? :hides: I saw it yesterday. :) Not as good as I was expecting. But the special effects were spectacular, of course. I wish Lucas would make a series of films about the adventures of Anakin and Obi-Wan, before Anakin started hanging out with the ...
by Democritus
Wed May 18, 2005 4:57 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Two good books: "Tides of War" and "The Ten
Replies: 2
Views: 891

Re: Two good books: "Tides of War" and "The

Tides of War
by Steven Pressfield
ISBN 0385492529
One thing I forgot to mention, about this book: The author kept dropping ancient Greek vocabulary into the narrative. If you like learning Greek, this makes the book even more interesting.
by Democritus
Wed May 18, 2005 4:51 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Definite Article
Replies: 14
Views: 3573

On a related note, I think that because the Romans didn't use the definite article, they invented all these abstract nouns which passed into English through French and made literary English too abstract compared with literary Greek. I'm not so sure Latin was as abstract as we think. It's true that ...
by Democritus
Tue May 17, 2005 5:44 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Two good books: "Tides of War" and "The Ten
Replies: 2
Views: 891

Two good books: "Tides of War" and "The Ten

I just finished two very good novelizations about Greek history: Tides of War by Steven Pressfield ISBN 0385492529 This book is an account of the life of Alcibiades, told from the point of view of one of his lieutenants. Fascinating story. The Ten Thousand : A Novel Of Ancient Greece by Michael Curt...
by Democritus
Sun May 01, 2005 2:32 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: What is there to read in Latin?
Replies: 22
Views: 4881

The answer to your original question will be different for different people. All languages are potentially useful to someone. But the question is, will Latin be useful to the man named JLatin1? The thing is if I learn a language than I want to retain what I have learned by continuing to use that lan...
by Democritus
Fri Apr 22, 2005 4:55 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Would like to learn the Portuguese?
Replies: 16
Views: 3547

Re: Would like to learn the Portuguese?

Would he/she like to learn the Portuguese? It is a derived language of Latin, for that, if you already know some Latin won't be difficult. I intend to teach gratuitously saw forum. It is a very beautiful language, and used at few countries, then, if you like languages little spoken is great for you...
by Democritus
Sun Apr 17, 2005 6:26 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: "Breakthrough" in decoding the Oxyrhynchus Papyri
Replies: 26
Views: 6119

"Breakthrough" in decoding the Oxyrhynchus Papyri

This was posted on Slashdot today: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/story.jsp?story=630165 Now, in a breakthrough described as the classical equivalent of finding the holy grail, Oxford University scientists have employed infra-red technology to open up the hoard, known as the ...
by Democritus
Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:15 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Test: Yankee or Dixie
Replies: 31
Views: 6450

Re: Test: Yankee or Dixie

Take this test to find out if you are a dixie or yankee by the way "ya'll" talk http://mywebpages.comcast.net/lgrob/southern_dialect_quiz.htm It's funny, I haven't heard the word "bubbler" for "water fountain" in a long time. :) For question twenty, where I grew up, we called those bugs "water bugs...
by Democritus
Fri Apr 08, 2005 4:26 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Understanding oral Latin
Replies: 12
Views: 2568

Re: Understanding oral Latin

It's logical that by listning to a lot of Latin you will understand more and more, but is there something such as a secret recipe on how to understand Latin easily by word of mouth? (even though it's a SOV language, six cases, etc.) The "secret recipe" is actually doing it, actually communicating w...
by Democritus
Fri Apr 08, 2005 4:17 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Why first person singular in dictionaries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3986

Well, let's restate the question: Why is the first peson singular the first of the entries? Well, it seems you answered it, cweb. There may not be any reason for it. Just a custom. For myself, I would not like using a dictionary that did not list words this way. I'm far too accustomed to thinking o...
by Democritus
Sun Apr 03, 2005 4:58 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: 1000th Open Board topic: KHLOROS
Replies: 19
Views: 5030

Re: 1000th Open Board topic: KHLOROS

Episcopus wrote:What is your favourite element?
Caffeine is not an element, but it should be. We should have it promoted. ;)
by Democritus
Tue Mar 01, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What is your handle(username) at textkit?
Replies: 68
Views: 22729

I'll try not to get offended on behalf of me and my friends, who I would say are eminently intelligent and well-adjusted. Uh.....I think you mean my friends and I..... Surely "on behalf of" is a prepositional phrase. "Me" would be perfectly correct, no? "Me" would be correct. Actually "myself" migh...
by Democritus
Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:54 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Funny Books: In Memory of Hunter S. Thompson
Replies: 11
Views: 2281

Re: Funny Books: In Memory of Hunter S. Thompson

swiftnicholas wrote:...and just about any Kurt Vonnegut novel.
I'll second that motion. :)

This essay is pretty funny: http://members.shaw.ca/alappel/bloopers.html

The author of this essay, Richard Lederer, also has some very funny books.
by Democritus
Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:14 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: If you could be...
Replies: 28
Views: 5721

oistos wrote:I see no one has picked Aphrodite :wink:
How about Vulcan. Vulcan is the Ur-geek. He just sits under the mountain and makes stuff. Plus he has a hot wife. What a life. :)
by Democritus
Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:21 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Latin or Greek?
Replies: 26
Views: 9152

If you're going to worry about V and U, I and J, then you might as well demand that Ω and Η be replaced by O and E, and Ψ and Ξ be replaced by ΦΣ and ΧΣ in all Attic texts. I always kind of liked Latin with all the bells and whistles: i, j, u, v. But I guess I also like the variety of seeing differ...
by Democritus
Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:24 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The high schoolers' grasp of first amendment.
Replies: 16
Views: 3825

a quick google search shows that's the actual language and that's the provision that's meant to guarantee freedom of speech somehow without expressly declaring or assigning the right. That's true, but it assigns the right by default, by prohibiting the Congress from creating legislation limiting th...
by Democritus
Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:12 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Greek Verb Principal Parts
Replies: 4
Views: 2570

Maybe one of the two books on this page is what you are looking for. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index=books&field-author=N%20Marinone/002-4422591-1705619 I think that All the Greek Verbs lists the verbs in declined form. So, for example, if you run across the form ἦλθον and...