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Post by Didymus » Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:45 pm

GlottalGreekGeek wrote:
Didymus wrote: Iliad: Check. Book 22 was probably my favorite so far -- two more to go!
Sidgwick: Check. I liked my version better than the key's, but I still committed a few serious infelicities..
I don't really have a favorite book of the Iliad, but I generally like book 24 more than book 22. Actually, if I do have a favorite, it might be 24, but I will have to re-read the Iliad to see if I still respond to it in the same way (which I plan to do this summer).
I certainly can imagine myself liking 24 more than 22. In general I really like all the "usual" favorites: 1, 6, 9, 16, 22, etc., along with the purple passages elsewhere (e.g., the shield of Achilles in 18).

Today's agenda:

Greek: Iliad 23.1-126.
Latin: One continuous composition from Bradley's Arnold's appendix; another exercise from Califf's verse comp.

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Post by William » Sun Apr 22, 2007 12:49 pm

Sunday, 042207:

• Read "Novus Dies" in Lingua Latina
• D'Ooge Lesson 65/66
• Do chapter 2 of Stack's Reading French for Arts and Sciences
• Read for two hours: The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius (in translation)

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Post by klewlis » Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:52 pm

(I split these off of yesterday's thread... it's going to get really long if we don't start a new one every day! ;)


Today... I'm not sure yet. I just got home from work (14 hours overnight) and have to be back there this evening. So I'm going to take a nap. lol

Hopefully I will wake up in time to do another lesson in wheelock and a couple more chapters in the GNT.

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Post by William » Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:17 pm

klewlis wrote:Today... I'm not sure yet. I just got home from work (14 hours overnight) and have to be back there this evening. So I'm going to take a nap. lol
Fourteen hours on the third shift? What do you do? Wow…that's tough going. I used to work third shift early on in my career. It wasn't easy.

Okay, back to my studying. The French is done. The Latin and reading remain.

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Post by klewlis » Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:35 pm

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klewlis wrote:Today... I'm not sure yet. I just got home from work (14 hours overnight) and have to be back there this evening. So I'm going to take a nap. lol
Fourteen hours on the third shift? What do you do? Wow…that's tough going. I used to work third shift early on in my career. It wasn't easy.
I work in a group home for kids in care. It's normally 10pm-8am but sometimes we are short-staffed so I work extra hours.

(actually we are perpetually short-staffed thanks to the ridiculous job market here these days)

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Post by klewlis » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:28 am

well, didn't get it all done... most of wheelock chapter 10... if I have energy at work tonight I'll finish it but I doubt it.

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Post by William » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:48 am

• Read "Novus Dies" in Lingua Latina
only got halfway through

• D'Ooge Lesson 65/66
did 65…66 will have to wait

• Do chapter 2 of Stack's Reading French for Arts and Sciences
done

• Read for two hours: The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius (in translation)
will be doing before bedtime

Tomorrow's another day.

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Post by aloimonon » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:54 am

Hello, I'm not a student anymore, but I'm striving to learn Attic Greek on my own using Mastronarde. I'm still pretty much at the very beginning, and I hope that you don't mind if I post to this thread so I can motivate myself to keep on progressing onward.

I will probably not be able to work everyday, but certainly every second day. If possible I would post the goal for the day (usually a single unit and drill), and the actual accomplishment.

Finished today:
1) _Scribes and Scholars_, chapters 2-3. I should have done more Attic Greek, but the temptation to read other material is pretty high.
2) Mastronarde, Unit 4 (lol, I'm such a newbie, but we all have to start somewhere).

TODO tonight:
1) Mastronarde, Unit 5. This is very easy, so there is no excuse for me not to do it.
ἀλλ' ἔγωγε ἐξ αὐτῶν τούτων μᾶλλον αὐτὸν τεθαύμακα, ὅτι ἔν τε ἀλλοκότοις καὶ ἐν ἐξαισίοις πράγμασι αὐτός τε διεγένετο καὶ τὴν ἀρχὴν διεσώσατο. Dio LXXII 36.3

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Post by Paul » Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:04 am

Today:

a. lawn work. I am decidedly NOT a fanatical suburban "lawn dad." But for mowing, this is the first lawn work I've done in 14 (count 'em) years.

b. Dewars 12 year-old scotch on the rocks (lawn work is hard)

c. two glasses of red wine (lawn work is hard)

Ah, but yesterday I translated the first 10 or so lines of the Apology so that I can tomorrow night teach it with at least un soupçon of authorit-eye.

Cordially,

Paul

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Post by William » Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:55 am

plukidis wrote:…I hope that you don't mind if I post to this thread so I can motivate myself to keep on progressing onward.
That's what the thread is for! I like that book by Mastronarde, from what I've seen of it. Please give us your impressions as you move through it if you have time. You know there's an answer key available for it, right? I think Amazon carries it.
Paul wrote:Today:

a. lawn work. I am decidedly NOT a fanatical suburban "lawn dad." But for mowing, this is the first lawn work I've done in 14 (count 'em) years.

b. Dewars 12 year-old scotch on the rocks (lawn work is hard)

c. two glasses of red wine (lawn work is hard)
I like the way you think. Well, with points "b" and "c." Not so much "a."

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Post by aloimonon » Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:44 am

@ William:

Thank you for that, as it will definitely help me in maintaining a schedule. Actually, the fact that there was an available answer key for Mastronarde was an important factor in convincing me to use his book for a primary source. As for impressions, I'll have wait until I have progressed further before considering what to report, but the chief problem is that I have no specialized basis for comparison. While I've been interested in classics for a few years now, I have only taken a minor in Arts as part of my degree, so I have no ancient languages under my belt. Within the allowances of my minor, I concentrated on classical Greek and Roman history courses, with one "Roman Society" course as well. While I did have friends in the Classics department who were taking Greek and Latin, I did not join them, to my everlasting regret. I am remedy that in some fashion now as best I can.

Previously, I have briefly perused Athenaze, but it seemed to have a less systematic approach than M's book, and it seemed to give shorter consideration to some details which M covers at the very beginning (like fairly detailed accentuation rules, and so forth). Also, people in this forum mentioned that it deferred some of the tougher topics till fairly late in the course. H&Q's _Greek: An Intensive Course_ looks highly interesting, but there is no key, so perhaps I can use it after I have finished using M.

As a final note, I did finish Mastronarde Unit 5.
ἀλλ' ἔγωγε ἐξ αὐτῶν τούτων μᾶλλον αὐτὸν τεθαύμακα, ὅτι ἔν τε ἀλλοκότοις καὶ ἐν ἐξαισίοις πράγμασι αὐτός τε διεγένετο καὶ τὴν ἀρχὴν διεσώσατο. Dio LXXII 36.3

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Post by Didymus » Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:46 am

Today's agenda:

Greek: Iliad 23.1-126.
Latin: One continuous composition from Bradley's Arnold's appendix; another exercise from Califf's verse comp.
Iliad: Check.
Bradley's Arnold: Check. I was pleased with my version.
Califf: Check. Very much a challenge for me.

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Post by klewlis » Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:05 am

Didymus wrote:
Today's agenda:

Greek: Iliad 23.1-126.
Latin: One continuous composition from Bradley's Arnold's appendix; another exercise from Califf's verse comp.
Iliad: Check.
Bradley's Arnold: Check. I was pleased with my version.
Califf: Check. Very much a challenge for me.
good for you on the composition... I have to admit that composition scares me... possibly because I know no spoken languages besides english so I have not had practice in composing in other languages...? I am forcing myself to do the english-latin translations in wheelock, whereas I skipped them the first time through the book. ;)

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